We salute Whoopi's take on life!
Who doesn’t love Whoopi Goldberg? Her roles in movies like ‘The Color Purple’, ‘Ghost’ and ‘Sister Act’ have catapulted her to fame and entertained us. But what I love most about Whoopi is her fearlessness when it comes to being honest about menopausal symptoms.
It’s so dang refreshing!
Case in point: The actress and comedian, age 59, has openly confessed to having hot flashes more than once while co-hosting on The View. After a serious segment on the attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya in 2012, she announced, “I just had a big ol’ hot flash!” You could see Barbara Walters squirming in her chair but I was cheering her on as I watched at home. Down-to-earth Whoopi – who also admits she “spritzes” and pees her pants when she laughs or sneezes – added, “And my underwear is wet. So I have to go.”
She has also talked openly about how menopause has changed the way she feels about sex. Whoopi told Contact Music, “My sex drive has totally changed. One minute I’m like, ‘Yeah! I can’t wait for it.’ The next I’m saying, ‘Oh God, go away.’”
Yup, been there, done that.
Maybe I’m not quite as open about “spritzing” as Whoopi, but I do think women need to talk more about our menopausal woes. Let menopause out of the closet! True, we don’t all have exactly the same symptoms, but by sharing our experiences and what we’ve found to be helpful, we can learn from each other. We can support and guide each other through this transitional and sometimes confusing time of life.
And isn’t it good to know we’re not all alone? So whoopee for Whoopi! Let’s talk more frankly about menopause!
What we’d like to ask if we’d had a few glasses of wine: Be honest now. Did you get some kind of perverse joy from making the powerhouse Barbara Walters squirm on The View?
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