I am irritated whenever I read newspaper coverage or see see television reporters use the lead, something similar to this: "The 42-year-old grandmother...." usually followed by a report of some criminal activity.
I swear I have never seen an article or report referencing a "The 42-year-old grandfather..." or any other aged grandfather, have you? Just this week our local paper described a woman as a"grandmother" although it had no relevance to the accompanying report. If being a grandmother were relevant to an article, I could understand the inclusion, but it rarely is.
Is being a grandmother--to a woman of a certain age-- a woman's principal identity? I don't think so. I don't think so. I have seen Hillary Clinton referred to as a grandparent, but not Bill Clinton! I've seen Ruth Bader-Ginsburg so identified, but not Stephen Breyer! Goldie Hawn but not Harrison Ford? Always!
In an earlier BLOG article, I noted the THREE STAGES OF A WOMAN'S LIFE (which includes my humorous addition as I am not a mother).
1. SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER
2. SOMEBODY'S WIFE
3. SOMEBODY'S MOTHER.
Well, I guess I can add another stage: