In terms of May-December romances, there's been a longtime double standard when it comes to which half of the couple is "December": Women who date younger men encounter fascinated curiosity, judgment, and even a loaded nickname that rose to prominence in the early 's, while men in relationships with younger women are simply known as If you've ever felt a spark with a guy eight or more years your junior but hesitated to give things a try, you might have told yourself it'll never work. Or at least it doesn't have to be.
Nine women dish on what they've learned from playing cougar. As the saying goes, "You're only as old as the man you're feeling. Or should we take a lesson from Demi and avoid robbing cradles?
Wolf for DivorcedMoms. Think you can't date a younger man? Think again.
Still, I meet tons of guys who want to know how to meet older women. Of course, the most important thing that you offer an older woman is you. Who you are, what your passions are and all the things that go into making you yourself. What does an older woman offer you?
But in recent years, the tables turned and now many women are dating younger men. A lot depends on the age difference between you and how much younger you're talking about. Things like what time you eat meals or go to sleep at night, where you vacation and the type of activities you enjoy together.
When I met my boyfriend Jesse, I was 28 and he was 24 — not too much of a dating age difference in the grand scheme of things, but to hear some of my friends at the time tell it, you'd think we were Harold and Maude — or at the very least, Ashton and Demi. In the early days of our relationship, I got a lot of a lot of exasperated eyerolls, "you go, girl"s, and questions about whether I was technically old enough to be a cougar. I also had a lot of friends who couldn't believe how dumb I was — didn't I remember how difficult it was to get a guy to commit at age 24?
And then you learn that the same year you graduated college, he was wrapping up his freshman year—of high school. If you want to make things work, be sure you can handle the following. Fun fact: Men reach their sexual prime in their twenties due to a spike in testosterone, while women typically reach theirs in their 30s and 40s.
With more and more women following their hearts and doing whatever the heck they want in terms of their dating lives, it seems as though there are more reasons than ever to go for a younger guy. And now, thanks to several new studies, science seems to be behind it too. One of the newest studies on the subject gives us the most hope: women who date younger men are often also linked to a higher success rate in their professional lives.
You just have to be open to it. Jennifer Lopez regularly dates guys half her age. I met a younger man in my early twenties and we are now approaching our eighth year together and fourth year of marriage.