News Pop Culture and Entertainment Flash Forward Naomi Watts Is Acting Her Age How Judy Greer Mastered Her Mood Swings 9 Beauty Founders Making the Meno Aisle Happen Punching Things & Other Workouts for Perimenopause The Drugstore Brand Making Menopause Skincare Accessible Punchline No More: It's Time for Menopause on TV to 'Change' The Rage Is Real — Here’s How Menopause Affects Mental Health CLOSE Part of Flash Forward Menopause Has Been a Punchline for Too Long — Now, Film & TV Storylines Are Entering 'The Change' Thanks to women behind the scenes, there are finally more nuanced takes on menopause onscreen. By Whitney Friedlander Whitney Friedlander Twitter Website Whitney Friedlander is an entertainment journalist with, what some may argue, an unhealthy love affair with her TV. A former staff writer at both Los Angeles Times and Variety, her writing has also appeared in Cosmopolitan, Vulture, The Washington Post and others. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son, daughter, and very photogenic cat. Expertise Whitney Friedlander covers pop culture, with an emphasis on television, film and costume design. She is interested in the ways current society impact fictional stories on the screen and vice versa. Education Whitney attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she received her Bachelor's degree in journalism and worked at the student newspaper, The Maneater. She has a minor in theater and studied musical theater, although she cannot dance or sing. Lives In Los Angeles, CA InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on December 19, 2022 @ 03:09PM Pin Share Tweet Email Photo: Shutterstock But programs have also highlighted what’s to gain with the pain. In the Netflix comedy Grace & Frankie, the titular leads played by Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin sell sex toys geared toward seniors; and cover star Naomi Watts says indeed post-meno has been the sexiest time of her life. In the Sarah Lancashire-starring HBO Max program Julia about Julia Child, we see the chef and cookbook author’s career soar in her later years, too. At an event for Through Her Lens this fall, the Tribeca and Chanel partnership to foster female filmmaking, Tribeca Film Festival co-founder (and prolific producer) Jane Rosenthal told InStyle there’s one way to be sure we continue to turn this tide: “By having more amazing stories about women of a certain age.” test She adds, “If women don’t support women, no one else is going to do it. If we don’t support people with other points of view and all walks of life, no one else is going to do it.” And she sees this need as urgent, well beyond our desire for more relatable entertainment. “We look at what’s going on in this country: There is a war against women and minorities. And the only way I know how to do it, the only way Tribeca knows how to do it, the only way [co-founder Robert] De Niro knows how to do it is with our voices, with our art and our passions.With additional reporting by Tess Petak.