Gerontophobia (Hatred or fear of the elderly) & Gerontophilia (fetish or attraction to the elderly)


So today  I wanted to post about 

Gerontophobia

which is the irrational fear or hatred of the elderly,

not to be confused with ageism

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 I came across this term while doing a little research for my last post ( Catoptrophobia, Eisoptrophobia, & Spectrophobia (Fear of Mirrors/Reflections)

From what I’ve read so far on gerontophobia, are those who fear old people usually have this phobia due to their own fear of aging or fear of death.

Then there are those  with gerontophobia who hate the elderly and i’m still not really sure why but I do have a couple of videos below of youtubers who speak on their hatred for old folks, as well as one video of one who fears them.

Check them out below:

 

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In contrast, there are those who have a particular fetish or attraction to the elderly. 

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and I’m not gonna lie, actress Sarah Paulson came to mind while writing this, due to her relationship history with older women.

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But i’ll save that for another time. If you’re curious and would like more details about that, check out Sarah Paulson Still Doesn’t Get (or Care) Why People Think It’s “Fascinating and Odd” She’s Dating 74-Year-Old Holland Taylor


What do you think of those who have gerontophobia or gerontophilia? How do you personally feel about the elderly or growing old? Let me know in the comments below!