It can be tough when you and your older partner can’t share childhood commonalities (dude’s never read a book!?), but the benefits can certainly outweigh those little things.
Evolutionary psychologists say that relationships like this often occur because while fertility lasts only from puberty to menopause in women, it starts at puberty and can extend long into midlife for lots of men.
That means there’s a strategic advantage for women to snag an older gent—he’s had more time to accumulate resources and stability than his younger counterparts, which could make him a more viable partner and father.
On August 16, she will marry her fiance Mark Osmond, an actor and drama teacher 20 years her junior.
Relaxing in a cream top, black cotton Capri pants and high-heeled clacky mules, Sandra cheerfully points out that Mark was born in 1969, the year she arrived in Britain from her native Washington DC as a 20-year-old ingenue. Sandra played the Empress of China in Aladdin, Mark was PC Pong and, she says, the attraction was mutual. I came to realise that you fall in love with a person, not their age.’And when asked what Mark’s mother thought about her son’s choice of partner, Sandra is as honest as she is forthright: ‘If I’d been her, I’d have been beside myself that my son was hanging out with some old broad like me,’ she laughs.
More and more women seem to be dating a man 20 or so years older these days.
Yet, in fact, this is a dating phenomenon which has been around for a great number of years.That higher sex drive translates, among other things, into being more direct with men.The more mature women may be interested in dating a younger guy out of sheer curiosity of what it feels like dating someone younger, and also because usually younger guys are more “agile,” active, energetic.It’s just that general awareness of younger women dating men more than 20 years older than themselves has increased.When you think more about it though, a woman of 25 dating a 45 year old man or even a woman of 30 dating a 50 year old is really not that strange; “age gap” dating, as it is often called, is hardly an issue for most people any more.Now, I’m not saying these are conscious reasons why dating a man quite a bit older—there have been several moments when I’ve thought that going out with someone closer to my age would be much simpler.