They’ve been a popular gag gift for as long as anyone can remember: crassly humorous birthday cards that brand their graying recipients as “over the hill” and welcome them to the “old farts club.”

But a backlash is brewing against these mocking perennials — with their advice to “roll with the paunches” and their images of stooped men and wrinkled women doddering toward the bathroom or the liquor cabinet. Critics say they’re mean-spirited and reinforce negative stereotypes of aging at a time when large numbers of Americans are living longer.

Take a look at the birthday cards ageism advocates say are mean and stereotypical – The Boston Globe