The Mutton Club is an online community of fabulous and feisty women in midlife and beyond.
We aim to inspire and stimulate. We want to make you laugh, question, be moved and empowered.
What’s in a name?
In the UK there’s an expression ‘mutton dressed as lamb‘. Apparently there’s something similar in the US, ‘sheep masquerading as lamb’. It’s a mean way of labeling an older woman who tries hard to look younger.
It’s one of many ways women over 40 can be pigeon-holed and often then dismissed. How many positive words in English are there to describe a woman over 40? Cougar doesn’t exactly flatter. How about old maid?!
The Mutton Club turns those negative perceptions around, letting women claim the word mutton like the gay community claimed the word queer. Gaining entry to the Mutton Club is something to aspire to, not be afraid of!
Muttoneers are proud, embrace their inner beauty and use their experience and wisdom to do good in the world. The Mutton Club is a place to gather, be proud, beautiful, funky and outspoken.
Why the Mutton Club?
The Mutton Club was founded by Rachel Lankester (I’m in the videos below). After an early menopause at 41, everything shifted and I did a lot of soul searching. I didn’t want to carry on doing what I’d always done.
Early menopause kicked me into being way more proactive about what I wanted from the rest of my life. And I wanted to challenge the midlife status quo and all those nasty negative perceptions!
I made a little video about my experience…
I looked around for resources and community that spoke to me, but found only pockets here and there. Nowhere I could hang out, find stuff I wanted to read and that would inspire me. Mumsnet didn’t suit and Gransnet – certainly not yet!
And anyway, we define ourselves in so many ways other than just mums or grandmothers. Many of us aren’t parents or don’t want content for parents. We don’t like narrow definitions! We come with different sexual orientations, gender identities and cultural backgrounds.
So I created a different on-line community for all women. It celebrates diversity but allows us to share what we have in common. It’s a place to explore ideas, learn new things and have a giggle. We talk openly about stuff like menopause and we aim to find relevance and purpose, be visible and have a BIG voice. I was scratching my own itch!
And if you fancy really taking life up a notch check out our private membership Magnificent Midlife!
Midlife is your time to shine!
We have big dreams at the Mutton Club. We’re building a community that challenges the status quo and enables a powerful collective voice. We promote women’s causes and campaign against issues like FGM and child marriage. We want to facilitate volunteering and mentoring, and provide financial and moral support to charities and organisations that support the rights of women and girls worldwide.
Spread the word that it’s cool to be mutton. Together we might really change the world.
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