"Societal attitudes have definitely changed," says Susan Winter, 52, co-author of "Older Women, Younger Men: New Options for Love and Romance" -- and she would know. "But (that kind of discrimination) would not be allowable now." Hollywood in particular has defied the ageism stereotype, with celebrities like Madonna and Demi Moore marrying significantly younger men (a 10- and 15-year age gap, respectively, with director Guy Ritchie and actor Ashton Kutcher), and the public has come to accept it.
Moreover, says Winter, women have experienced a significant financial and status shift over the past half-century.
Theirs, however, is a real-life love story of an older woman and younger man -- something that is not so uncommon nowadays.
A 2003 study by AARP revealed that 34 percent of all women over 40 in the survey were dating younger men, and 35 percent preferred it to dating older men. Quite frankly, his mother made it so impossible," Winter says of the six-year relationship, which inspired her book.
You may feel you have to fit into his world since he’s older, wiser and set in his ways.
By doing this, you’ll be doing yourself a disservice. You’re too young to settle for someone who isn’t right for you.
Some men chase younger women as a way of making themselves feel younger or to stroke their own ego by bagging a young hottie.
But high-profile Hollywood couples like Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins (12 years her junior) -- who met and began dating while filming an on-screen romance in the 1988 movie "Bull Durham" -- have proven that life can indeed imitate art when it comes to matters of the heart.
If so, perhaps it’s time for you to date an older man.
Even if it’s only for a short time, the experience you will gain will be priceless.
Protect your heart and self-worth by not jumping into sex or accepting expensive gifts too quickly.
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