TikToker Johnson makes another observation to Newsweek. “For so many American women, we are having kids later, which means in our 50s, we are still in the midst of a life that women of the Golden Girls era would have been done with. I think that brings with it a need to look like you're still in the mix. Our foot is still very much on the gas!"
This sentiment seems to really resonate, as many who have shared this meme have pointed out that the way we think about women in their 50s has evolved since the days of The Golden Girls, particularly when it comes to Hollywood. Even A-list star Sandra Bullock, who is 57, has acknowledged the shift though she implies that this is a very recent development.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bullock made comments this month crediting Netflix for being the reason she still has a successful career. She said, "If it wasn't for Netflix, a lot of people wouldn't be working. Their stories wouldn't be told. Who would think that me, as a woman, would still be working at this point? I would have been out in the cow pasture. It's true."
With the rise of streaming content—and the increased number of shows and movies that come along with it—certainly many stories are being told that would never have been otherwise, perhaps even ten years ago. It wouldn’t be a stretch to imagine that And Just Like That might not have been made at all if this were ten, fifteen years prior.