Also, women expressed concern over the prospect of ageing and whether it would affect their partner’s attraction to them.
The trio behind the project were sure to report that “vast age differences, especially in woman-older relationships, clearly violate the norms of this society”. 40 years ago, writer and activist Susan Sontag penned ‘The Double Standard of Ageing’ for the now defunct .
In the native New Yorker’s opinion, older women are routinely subject to much stricter norms when it comes to picking sexual partners.
“For most women, aging means a humiliating process of gradual sexual disqualification,” she scathingly wrote, “society is much more permissive about aging men.” Marine builds on Sontag’s earlier woes: “Many people are still shocked to see an older woman with a younger man,” she says, “they might think ‘what if that was my mother, or my son!
Indeed, for men aged 20-29, the ideal women is older rather than younger; someone who can teach them the art of romance.
Interestingly, according to the study, it's not just younger men who like this dynamic: in fact, women's tolerance for a younger partner increases with age.
While women in their twenties want to either date someone older or the same age, women in their 50s and 60s are willing to open their hearts to someone younger - a synergy that may go some way towards explaining the older women dating younger men phenomenon.
Of course, there are other benefits to such an arrangement, and indeed, you don’t need to be too imaginative to picture what the benefits of an older woman/younger man relationship might be.For younger men, it seems that the answer is simple: they find older women attractive.Indeed, in 2015, an Elite Singles study of 450,000 members revealed the ideal age-gap for modern romance, and the results were startling - while older men prefer younger women, younger men actually prefered to date someone older than themselves.famously proclaimed 2009 as the year of the cougar.The now well-known term wasn’t a reference to the Chinese calendar; rather, it was a bordering-on-crass idiom coined to define 40-plus women with a predilection for younger gentlemen.Although the US magazine reasoned that the cougar-craze was a fad destined for cultural oblivion, the article offered up an intriguing explanation for the newfound popularity of older woman/younger man relationships.