ProConnect

What Women Should Know Before They Date A Younger Man

By

What Women Should Know Before They Date A Younger Man
She's old enough to be his...what?!
Dating a younger man may bother some but don't let their opinions bother you.

I recently received an e mail from a separated, late-40s woman who stated that she wanted advice on how to land a much younger man — say, late 20s or early 30s. Men her age do not take care of themselves, she claimed, and they could not keep up with her energetic, fit self. The dating expert she had contacted told her to get over herself and so she contacted me.

If you want to get people into a heated discussion, forget politics or religion — bring up an older woman wanting to date a man half her age.

More from YourTango: 10 Great Tips For Mutual Masturbation, Sex And Intimacy

I could relate to where she was coming from actually, as I find most women (and men) cannot keep up with me either! Because of this, I tend to date women who are 10 to 15 years younger than I am. This is not to saythat the reverse cannot create a heated discussion as well. It's the same when a middle-aged man who gets divorced and wants to date 25-year-old women and he gets ridiculed for that even more than for buying that "Little Red Corvette" (Remember that song by Prince?).

However, it has never been such a big deal to see an older man with a younger woman because it is fairly common. (In fact, there are many men wanting to date much younger women, but never actually getting an opportunity to do.) Even if people do not approve, they are not surprised. Historically, men have been providers for women and children, so an older man can provide while a younger woman can bear the kids. This model makes some sense in low-resource situations or when women have no rights or education.

Times have changed though, especially in the Western World. With the creation of birth control in the 60s, as well as other significant social changes, more women are going to college and filling the workplace. More than 50% of medical school graduates are women and more women are becoming entrepreneurs and running their own businesses. When you can take care of yourself, you do not need to look for a man to take care of you. You have the freedom to choose men based on other qualities you find important. Because of this, more women, especially older women, are opting to date younger men.

Subsequently, some people struggle with the idea that many women have begun dating younger men. But more people struggle with the opposite notion... "Why would younger men want to date older women?" "This Cougar thing is a fad," one of my male friends said recently. “Those guys aren’t serious about older women. It’s just for sex," said another.  I raised a questioning eyebrow to his comment, because as someone who has a history of choosing younger women, it does not add up. But my friend is from a generation where women dating younger men was rarely heard of. (He is actually younger than me and you will be surpised to learn how many men, even young men, still have that 1950's attitude towards women.)

People see this change and may assume that, as with men trying to date younger women, that it must be just about sex. The Cougar (where did that name even come from?) is in her sexual prime and wants a good time with a young male hottie, and the young hottie wants sex with no strings attached. This is the stuff that makes the news. Nobody talks about younger man-older woman relationships. Because relationships are boring and sex is exciting. 

But census data does not lie: from 1960 to 2007, marriages where the wife is at least five years older have increased in the Western world, and marriages where the man is at least five years older have decreased.

This presents an interesting question: why do men want to date and marry older women? Men want to date older women because they are, on average, more independent, more confident, more successful, and more into sex. And men like all that. This is not just my opinion — this is what men have said and shared with me. But older women are not as hot as younger women, some argue. So? Anyone can look good when they mature, if they are willing to put in time and effort into themselves and their personal appearance. 

Furthermore, just wanting young and hot is not about LOVE or relationship. It is about wanting to capture a lost youth. Is that such a bad thing? Yes, it can be when you carry it to the extremr. Most men figure out that hot is nice to look at but it does not touch your heart. If there is no heart, can you enjoy a successful relationship? Is it that simple?

I have dated my share of younger women. They ranged from 6 to 20 years younger than me. They did not care how old I was. They found me attractive and they liked me. These were not drunken 20-somethings at some bar — they were smart, intelligent cool women I met while working, online, and through friends. And they were looking for a relationship.

But I have wandered. Back to the original question...

"Should you date a younger man?" If you like him and he is a decent man, and he is the man for you...well yes, date away! 

As I say....it is not about him, it is about YOU. Do not be strict with age limits on men, and do not rule out younger men. You never know who you will wind up connecting with. However, the bigger the age difference, the more flack you will get from others, and more importantly, the more challenging the relationship will be. Ideally, aim for a man no more than 10 to 15 years younger than you at most.

More than that is okay, too, but once you get in the 15-20 years younger range, you are dating a different generation altogether, and only in exceptional situations does this ever work out. I can testify to this from the male perspective on dating younger women. You do not want to end feeling you are "baby sitting," no matter how hot the sex is. You will also soon get bored of the drama which could come attached with that hot sex.

However, there is always "exceptions" to the rule. Unless he is an exceptional young man, the gap in maturity is just too great.  Also, there is a difference between being open to younger men and ONLY wanting to date younger men. When someone, male or female, wants to ONLY date someone younger than themselves, especially if MUCH younger, they are not looking for love — they are looking for an "eye candy" boost. In other words, they are essentially screaming out "Look what I have got!"

More from YourTango: How To Grow Your Masculine Balls Back Part 4

Keep reading...

More dating coach advice from YourTango:

Share this with someone you love (or even like a lot)!

Let's make it
FB official
Article contributed by
Advanced Member

ANGE FONCE

Relationship Coach

Always leave a man or a woman all the better for knowing you. Masculine Men and Feminine Women know and are ALWAYS the EXCEPTIONS!

Dynamic Life Development Systems

68 St James Road
Southsea
Portsmouth
United Kingdom
PO5 4 HZ

02392 355519

07906 199138

Ange Fonce

Gender Education For Human Relationships

Dynamic Health And Lifestyle

 

Dynamic Life Development is more than a self-development program
It Is A Personal And Relationship Develpment System For Men And Women.

"You don't work with me to coach you. You work with me to you RESULTS!"

All rights reserved.

Location: Portsmouth, HAM, United Kingdom
Credentials: Other
Other Articles/News by ANGE FONCE:

10 Great Tips For Mutual Masturbation, Sex And Intimacy

By

Mutual masturbation you may ask questioningly ? After all, masturbation is supposed to be something you do by yourself, and if someone else is in the room, isn’t that just called having sex? It is true, but masturbation is also form of sex, and sharing masturbation with a lover, can be a wonderful way of sharing intimacy, and a great way to share ... Read more

How To Grow Your Masculine Balls Back Part 4

By

I am going to start this article by making a statement that I feel that ALL women need to listen too. "That women are to encourage men to be Masculine - who they really are and not who women think they should be. This means women ARE to back off, and let MEN find and redefine OUR MASCULINITY in this CHANGING World and BALANCE between the ... Read more

How To Grow Your Masculine Balls Back Part 3

By

I will start this article with a story. Open, Carry, Kill! She stood by the sink, struggling with a jam jar. I noticed, walked over, took it gently from her hands and with a soft, sharp pulse, loosened the top... and for this, she kissed me. Women speak with their bodies better than we do, and what she was saying was... “I’m glad ... Read more

See More

Recent Expert Posts
deep breath

Should I stay or Should i go? 5 Ways To Make The Best Decision

Are you confused about staying or going in a relationship? Read on...

shame

How to Get Over Your Stinkin' Thinkin'

Recognize "Stinkin Thinkin" that leads to depression and turn it into positive action and success.

valentines-flowers-surprise

Why Breakups Hurt

Breakups hurt us even when there is no love lost.

Ask The Experts

Have a dating or relationship question?
Visit Ask YourTango and let our experts and community answer.

Resources
How to find the right pro for you
10 Reasons Mental Health Pros Should Join YourTango Experts

10 Reasons Mental Health Pros Should Join YourTango Experts

YourTango Experts can help your business go from good to great.

10 Steps To Improve Your Coaching Business

Take your coaching business from mediocre to great in no time…

Frequently Asked Questions About YourTango Experts

Thinking of joining? Here's all the facts you need to know to make the most of your membership.

Getting Your Guy To Join You In A Therapy Or Coaching Session

So how can your get your strong, self-reliant, superman to talk to an Expert with you?

Therapist/Counselors: Who We Are & What We Do

What exactly does a therapist/counselor do and can they really help?

See more resources>
HOT STUFF!
FROM OUR PARTNERS