(This letter responded to a Nikki Gemmell column in which she postulated that older women are scary to some men at 50-plus because they roar; apparently one male writer had penned he preferred younger women as older woman were invisible.)

Nikki Gemmell, why does it take women till their 50s to roar? (“Revenge of the invisible woman”, Feb 2-3)? May I suggest that younger woman can be as invisible as older women if they choose to remain silent, even passive females who fail to make an impact. If women need to be 50 to voice their roar, they clearly spend more than half their lives as docile subordinates.