As formulated by Michel Foucault, power and discourse are related. Societies generate or are generated by dominant discourses and practices to establish social norms and meaning. In the light of the above, this project shows how age is another salient marker constructed and orchestrated within a dominant discourse. The nineteenth century is the crucial period, in which the origins of a youth-oriented, ageist narrative can be located. This paper shows that this narrative already bears gender-specific implications, intertwining age with femininity. The return to a traditional picture of femininity, and the emerging beauty cult, promoted a compensatory attribution, enabling the projection of aging onto a female other. The focus of this paper is to analyze the culturally transmitted aging process of women in a conflict area between dominant, ageist paradigms and alternative voices in the literature of the nineteenth century. The latter, so the results of this project, can be found within the genre of domestic fictions that resist, when read as counter narratives, a pejorative evaluation of the female aging process. The works discussed in this paper, of four of the most best-known authors of the genre, thwart the fertility cult as well as a youth-oriented beauty ideal, and only apparently abide by a traditional picture of femininity. Female Aging is pictured within these fictions as a process-oriented development, centering on a metabolic self and promoting women?s crossgenerational identification. Culturally distinguished age performances are thus negated, and the female aging process re-evaluated as a form of empowerment.