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What are “menopause entrepreneurs” like Naomi Watts selling us? I saw for myself. - Slate

What are “menopause entrepreneurs” like Naomi Watts selling us? I saw for myself. - Slate

What are “menopause entrepreneurs” like Naomi Watts selling us? I saw for myself. - Slate
Mar 19, 2023 1 min, 7 secs

Earlier this month, journalist and writer Susan Dominus published a cover story in the New York Times Magazine about menopause and the ways that the medical establishment is failing women.

This past weekend, I attended a $200-a-head event on the west side of Los Angeles called “The New Pause,” a sort of one-day symposium-slash-conference marketed to women who are facing, or going through, perimenopause and menopause.

on a cloudy Saturday afternoon, listening to a series of talks and panels about everything from “female sexual medicine” (a term I’d never heard before) to “energetic joy” and raising one’s “vibration,” to proper nutrition.

One woman simply stood on stage, directed us to close our eyes and put our hands on our hearts, and then asked us, again and again (and again), “What makes you happy?” (Eventually I settled into her prompt and came up with a few ideas: my friends, food, animals, travel, hikes, Maine.)

Another speaker, the writer Joel Stein, got up on stage to make jokes about blowjobs and his menopausal wife’s recurrent urinary tract infections.

Which is another way of saying that, along with the marketing and advertising opportunity that The New Pause presented for its promoters, the conference did try to address some of the serious health and medical issues and risks that come with being an aging woman.

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