This realization proves to be the deciding factor of the progression of that relationship, whether my companion is younger than me, my age or older.
In my case, I find I more readily connect with older men because we are usually at similar places in our lives (and closer aligned from a maturity standpoint) — but of course, this has never been a steadfast rule, or something I feel I need to explain or justify.
People have a much easier time, it seems, getting on board with the idea of a woman taking a younger partner for purely sexual reasons than they do with the idea of a woman in a serious relationship with a younger partner.
So if you're thinking about getting together with someone younger, don't listen to anyone who uses words like "cougar," "cradle robber," or "Samantha Jones;" instead, consider the five points below.
The age gaps spanned anywhere from 10 to 14 years, with women in their late 40s and early 50s enjoying relationships and/or marriage with men in their late 20s or 30s. Couples in this situation had to address the fertility concern head-on, with some choosing to take the leap relatively quickly while others took a pass.
And then there’s also the concern about one’s looks.
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? Of course, I didn't "go through that again," and five years into our relationship, no one really gives a sh*t about how old either of us are.I always find it funny, how often the subject of age presents itself in the deliberation and consideration of romantic potential. Of course, there are times in which an age difference does present it’s own complications.I, myself, am 24 years old and I frequently date men between the ages of 27–34. Recently, I went on a date with a man in his early thirties whom I quickly learned had two children from a former marriage.