This came up in conversation: How many men over 50 date younger women?I insisted that whatever the stats might show, it would be a large number, and if men had the option, their dating preferences for women 10 or 20 years younger would swell.It is in that genuinely real world that our immediate impressions are a matter of mutual attraction and energy, a spark (or its absence), and then, chronological age really isn’t the issue at all.Instead, it’s the everything else – including practical considerations on both sides – in a more well-balanced formula and relationship that proceeds more naturally.The French president has been vocal about the attention his marriage has received, saying the criticism stems from sexism."If I was 20 years older than my wife, nobody would think for a single second that we couldn't be legitimately together," Macron has said.
At 65, Macron's wife Brigitte is 24 years older than him.
Beyond my own anecdotal assumptions, I also have many 50-year-old friends (and readers) across the country, who are well acquainted with the older man-younger woman phenomenon – even among aging boomers. “Not just a younger body in bed, but a trophy on the arm, a woman who is less likely to contradict him, a woman less likely to compete with him even inadvertently, and less need to compromise.
“Why would a man want a woman he can talk with intelligently? I looked at him and raised my eyebrows as he began to smirk. Most of these middle-aged men have been married before, and they view the younger woman as easier, lighter, and it feels good… But I love all models.” As nice as that is to hear, in my experience, he is the exception.
She is considering relocation, and hoping for more options elsewhere.
As my significant other was scoffing at my insistence that it’s tough for women to find good men once they’re over age 45 much less 50, I reminded him that I possess plenty of experience in matters of Second Life Socializing.