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French writer Yann Moix, on November 21, 2013 at the Westminster hostel in Le Touquet, northern France, as part of the Touquet's book fair. (FRANCOIS LO PRESTI/AFP/Getty Images)

Unapologetic

Author stands by description of 50-year-old women as ‘invisible’ and ‘too old’ to love

By WITW Staff on January 8, 2019

French author and television presenter Yann Moix has been criticized after telling a magazine that he would be incapable of loving a woman aged 50 or over — despite being 50 himself.

In an interview published in the French edition of Marie Claire, Moix said he found women his own age “too old”.

“I prefer the body of young women, that’s all. End of story. I don’t want to lie. The body of a 25-year-old is extraordinary. The body of a 50-year-old is not extraordinary at all.”

The author also said women his age or over were “invisible to him.”

Users on social media responded in a variety of ways — some posted pictures of themselves or celebrities, to remind him of the broad range of attractive, middle-aged women, while others just weighed in on how happy they were to have fallen under his radar.

“50+ Women ALL OVER THE GLOBE are devastated that this rather exhausted looking 50 yr old tiny man has written us all off. Jasus,” wrote one.

Colombe Schneck, a 52-year-old journalist and writer, published (then deleted) an image of her backside on Instagram with the comment: “Voila, the buttocks of a woman aged 52…what an imbecile you are, you don’t know what you’re missing, you and your tiny, paunchy brain.”

Interviewed on Monday night about the controversy, Moix was unrepentant.

“Every individual is a prisoner of their tastes. I’m a prisoner of mine. It takes nothing away from a woman of 50 years that I don’t want to sleep with her,” he said.

“I’m not responsible for my tastes; I’m trying to be honest. Of course I have a problem, I’m an adolescent, I’m a child and I don’t interest women in their 50s either. They’ve got better things to do than to drag a neurotic around who spends his time yelling and reading and likes doing things that only excite children. It’s not easy to be with me,” he said.

Moix, who is promoting his latest book, Rompre,  and has a reputation for being a provocateur, suspects the acrimony will not harm sales.

“I don’t regret saying these things because they concern only me. I love who I want and I don’t have to answer to any good taste police … for me that would be a complete lack of taste.”

Read the full story at the BBC, EuroNews and The Guardian.

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