I've also read articles proclaiming the benefits of dating younger men, from increased energy to better sex to less emotional baggage.
Wouldn't it make sense, then, that he'd be older, too – richer in life experience, to guide us through our lives? It's a clear parallel with the idea that the male partner should be taller than the woman – which, as Tracey Spicer wrote last week, is a result of unconscious bias that subtly reinforces gender stereotypes and expectations.
There was always talk, too, of the idea that men mature at a slower rate than women.
Through the years many have watched, or already understood their mothers and sisters to have a powerful say in how they regard women.
Though a gender gap most certainly remains, there are many, many more women in positions of leadership, who do not back down from challenges, who compete in many of the same fields as men, and who work side by side with men.
Today's younger men have had the opportunity to grow up seeing these powerful women – it’s been a more regular part of their experience in everyday life.
Because many women work full-time and raise families it enables men who have grown up with this norm to feel less threatened by female success. Of course, you can have a relationship with a person of any age, but maybe you don’t know what you’re looking for, or you notice the dates that feel most comfortable or promising are with guys that are younger than you.Or you’re a young man who feels drawn to older women.Until the last decade, there have been far less female CEOs or women in high-level managerial positions.What is also powerfully influential are the ever increasing and empowering lead roles created for women in movies, on TV, and through infinite social media forums.The conversations we had during our brief fling tore open the confines of my mind like so few had before.