IQ2 Debate: Stop Idolising Youth

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“Ageism is everywhere, yet it is the most socially ‘normalized’ of any prejudice, and is not widely countered – like racism or sexism.” - World Health Organization

The young openly mock the elderly. Everyone feels a right to insult generations born after them.

Severe neglect and abuse in our aged care homes led the Prime Minister to announce a Royal Commission into the sector that will also investigate how young Australians with disabilities living in residential care are treated.

We regard minors as undeserving of autonomy. We bemoan millennials for being lazy and entitled. We say baby boomers are spoiled and out-of-touch. We see through the elderly and their extensive lifetimes of experience.

How do we tackle a prejudice as pervasive as ageism?

The Speakers

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Jane Caro is a columnist, novelist, advertising writer, feminist and social commentator who is positive about ageing. She canvassed the benefits of getting older in her TEDx talk, has arguedyouth shouldn’t make end of life choices for the elderly, and is a founding member of the EveryAGE Counts coalition which is working to overcome ageism. The author of 12 books says calling her old is not insulting, because it’s a fact that doesn’t bother her.

Fred Douglas is a mature aged model represented by WINK, an agency ensuring diversity hits our screens and billboards. He has decades experience in property and has established retail shopping centres around the world. Fred is a board member of rural medical and aged care provider Yarrawonga Health and represented Australia in the 2018 World +35s Waterski Championships in Chile. He says it’s foolish to idolise youth when life continues into any old age.

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Ben Jenkins is a writer, producer, performer, podcaster and TV host. He has worked on The Checkout, The Chaser’s Election Desk, The Feedand Tonightly. He is co-creator of the storytelling night Story Club and dungeon and dragons comedy show Dragon Friends – both of which are performed at Sydney’s Giant Dwarf theatre. Ben argues it’s impossible to stopidolising youth when we are in fact preoccupied with denigrating them.

Nayuka Gorrie is a Gunai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta writer. Their social commentary has featured in The Saturday Paper, The Lifted Brow, The Guardian Au and NITV. They co-wrote and performed in Season 3 of Black Comedy and the upcoming season. They are a Wheeler Centre Next Chapter recipient and writing a book of essays. They argue society leaves little opportunity for young generations which is the opposite of idolising.

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2019 IQ2: Debates

27 August | Democracy (motion for debate coming soon)
23 October | Masculinity (motion for debate coming soon)

About Intelligence Squared:

IQ2 is the Australian arm of the international debate series, Intelligence Squared, which is also held in London, New York and Hong Kong. Speakers have eight uninterrupted minutes to share their ideas – a luxury in today’s fast paced media environment of 15 second grabs and political party spin lines. Help us shape our world with ethics and intelligence.

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