The day after year-old Dennis Quaid sent the chatterati abuzz with his announcement that he was engaged to a year-old graduate student, fellow one-time movie hotshot Sean Penn was photographed heading out to a movie date with his much younger girlfriend. The age difference between Penn, 59, and actress Leila George, 27, is not as great as that of Quaid and Laura Savoie — 32 years, as opposed to Yes, the May-December dynamic is as old as time and is a well-worn topic of literature, film and music. It brings up questions about sexual desirability and gender power dynamics. These critics dismiss these men as being emotionally immature or pathetically caught up in mid-life crises; their girlfriends, meanwhile, have daddy issues. These men and others have fathered children who could have enjoyed pre-school playdates with the women they are now sleeping with.
Does Age Difference Really Matter?
Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart. Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds. These are just a few of the A-list celebrities who have an age gap of over a decade , and they’re some of the most beloved and respected couples in Hollywood. Their unions are living proof that—when it comes to love—age really is just a number. So read on to find out what these couples—and others with a major age difference—know about love that the rest of us don’t.
Dating older men felt like dipping my toes into a pool of adulting a little recently had a baby with a women twenty three years his junior.
There is so much cougar hype that we now have a fake cougar and a real cougar. Cougar cruises are setting sail, cosmetic surgeons are promising to cougarize their clients and online cougar communities are cropping up. But behind the unleashing of cougars in pop culture is what a growing number of sociologists say is a real demographic shift, driven by new choices that women over 40 are making as they redefine the concept of a suitable mate. The reason is that as women have delayed marriage, men still have a tendency to date and marry younger women.
Caron, a professor of family relations and human sexuality at the University of Maine. Caron is an author of a study of couples in which the wife is at least 10 years older, which found surprisingly positive attitudes among the couples, although fear of stigma and insecurity about aging for the women, in particular, were common. The study, published in the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, reported that the couples thought their age difference mattered more to the outside world than to them, and that the men were more strongly drawn to the relationships at the start because of physical attraction.
Consistent with most other research and what many relationship experts are saying about these connections, the authors found that women liked the vitality the younger man brought into their lives, and men liked the maturity and confidence in the women, although generational differences sometimes made both partners uncomfortable. Others have also cited infidelity as a stronger possibility in any relationship with a large age difference.
Proulx, the lead author of the study, who is a marriage and family therapist in Maine. That study involved only eight couples, and the samples have generally been small in other research into a subject that has not until recently received much scholarly attention. An analysis of census data on age difference in marriages showed that the number of marriages between women who are at least 5 or 10 years older than their spouses is still small, 5.
“My boyfriend is 29 years older than me”
When it comes to dating, age is just one among many factors to consider as you seek your match. We bring all of our prior life experience to any relationship we enter, so how much does it matter that one person’s history is years or decades longer than the other’s? Here, two experts weigh in on the benefits of dating an older man, as well as the potential drawbacks.
How did you guys meet? We knew each other for a year before we started dating. We met playing pick-up soccer. Now, I must mention that his son played in those games as well he was 12 years old at the time. You know, due to the child thing. Was there an instant attraction? Initially, I just have to go back to that first reaction. Did you ever hear that story about when Columbus landed in the West Indies and the natives were not physically able to see the boats because nothing like that had ever entered their reality before?
Well, sort of like that. Have you dated men who were significantly older than you before?
Dating An Older Man? Here’s Exactly What To Expect
Some sexual fantasies are better left unfulfilled. That was my experience from dating a much older man. What began as a romantic adventure into unconventional love turned into a disaster I should have seen coming from waaaay over the hill. How old you actually are doesn’t necessarily have a lot to do with your lifestyle. Even though this guy and I were 25 years apart, we had a lot in common.
But this might not be the case when dating a man who is 20+ years older than you. As the dictum says, old habits die hard. And since older men.
When Keanu Reeves 55 was dating visual artist Alexandra Grant 46 many praised the rare example of a Hollywood star being in an age-appropriate relationship. The actor has never dated a woman older than 25, despite having had eight girlfriends since he himself was that age. In news that will surprise no-one, the results show that men are far less restrained when it comes to age. Click to enlarge. For women the most appealing age is slightly higher, with sex partners aged from 35 to 44 the most widely desired.
Both genders are more selective when it comes to the age of someone they would enter into a relationship with. The fact that the two sets of figures are so much closer together for women than they are for men shows that fewer women are willing to stray outside their preferred relationship age for the sake of a sexual dalliance. The results show that men are far more willing to stray from their own age range than women are.
Specifically, they continue to be interested in having sex with younger women even as their own age ticks up. Some people are so uninterested in notions of age-appropriate relationships that they are genuinely unwilling to sleep with or be in a relationship with someone their own age.
What I Learned From Dating a Much Older Man
My First Time is a column and podcast series exploring sexuality, gender, and kink with the wide-eyed curiosity of a virgin. We all know your “first time” is about a lot more than just popping your cherry. From experimenting with kink to just trying something new and wild, everyone experiences thousands of first times in the bedroom—that’s how sex stays fun, right?
This week, we’re talking to Amy Anderson about her experience of dating older men.
We’ve discussed the downsides of our age-gap relationship and we don’t want to separate but I feel paralysed thinking about it. Annalisa.
I’m 24, and my boyfriend is To begin with, I was wary. I was vaguely suspicious of a forty-something attracted to a twenty-something with student loans instead of a sorted older woman at her sexual peak. Then a few realisations fell into place: firstly, nobody is sorted. Secondly, it was hardly surprising that I connected with somebody much older — Kevin McCloud was one of my teenage-crushes.
If anyone should have been worried about age-fetishes, it was him, not me. Still, I had questions about whether an age-gap, between two people at such different stages in life was a feasible endeavour.
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Three years ago, Mike and I met at a coworker’s engagement party. I knew that the guests at the party were going to be younger than me; I work as an occupational therapist at a hospital and most of the coworkers I’m closest with are the ones in their 20s and early 30s. I’ve always tended to get along better with people a decade or so younger than me—peg it to my being single with no kids as well as a why not attitude that led me to spend my own 20s and 30s bouncing from guy to state to job.
At the party, I flirted with the handsome man making a rum and coke in the kitchen, asking if he could whip one up for me, too. He obliged, and as we clinked glasses, I guessed he was in his early 30s. It wasn’t until the next day that my friend revealed he was only
After nearly two years of dating, John proposed at one of her favorite “There’s a poignancy to being with someone older,” the “American nice guy he is, and how he and his wife had been together 73 years,” They welcomed their first child, son Billy, that same year. richard-gere-girlfriend. WENN. 20/
Besides that night at the bar, I can recall only two occasions when I was painfully cognizant of the age gap. The first was when I introduced him to my parents: I still feel twelve years old around them, which made him seem very thirty three years old. Even big age gaps tend to become less taboo as people get older, and it certainly matters at what age the couple met.
It’s almost a point of pride for me, because the expectation is that he would make more money. He was 40, filling in over the summer as an adviser and copy editor. I was 22 and engaged to another man close to my own age.