Tessina, Ph D, a licensed family therapist in practice in Long Beach, Calif., and author of The Unofficial Guide to Dating Again, tells Web MD.
Culturally, the older woman/younger man dynamic is perceived as an oddity, or a fluke.
Fortunately, that’s changing as more older-woman and younger-man couplings make headlines.
Don’t ask how, but I came across this one, about age gaps in relationships.
I wasn’t too surprised to find out that most couples are about the same age and when they’re not, it’s the man that’s older.
Still, I meet tons of guys who want to know how to meet older women.
The reasons vary from person to person, but one thing is certain: While the media is kind of over the “cougar” phenomenon, I’m meeting more and more guys who are asking me how they can date older women.Actress Robin Wright, 47, is engaged to fellow actor Ben Foster, 33.Pop star Shakira is involved with a man 10 years her junior.Braving "robbing the cradle" jokes, almost one-third of women between ages 40 and 69 are dating younger men (defined as 10 or more years younger).According to a recent AARP poll, one-sixth of women in their 50s, in fact, prefer men in their 40s.In the spirit of Sex and the City's Samantha Jones (pictured) a woman admitted she is drawn to younger men because they don't require as much commitment and she has 'complete control over the relationship''On his part, it's difficult falling for a woman who's past child-bearing age and then later on realising you do want children after all and it's not possible to have them with her,' Tracey points out.