Older women dating younger guys jokes
Compare that with when Felicia Brings was 31 and dating a 25-year-old man in the 1970s and so feared losing her job over it that she kept the relationship a secret."I was so ashamed," recalled Brings, now 65 and living in Fort Lauderdale, Fla."I wish there was a way to have started our family earlier."Conflicting research Reproductive realities are a common evolutionary reason academics cite for why men tend to go for younger women, and women for older (i.e., more financially stable) men.And some studies have shown men and women are happiest in households where the husband is older than the wife. A study published in 2008 in the journal Psychology of Women Quarterly found that women 10 or more years older than their partners report being more satisfied and committed to their relationships than women who are the same age or younger than their partners.Aside from light teasing about divergent pop culture references, and occasional jokes that Avara will trade Charlie in for a younger model, the age gap barely registers in their romance, even as society still looks askance at the pairing of an older woman with a younger man. Robinson's day — Hollywood's proud examples include Mariah Carey (10 years older than her husband, actor Nick Cannon), Julianne Moore (nine years older than her husband, director Bart Freundlich), and Geena Davis (15 years older than her husband, plastic surgeon Reza Jarrahy) — studies show people disapprove of age gap relationships in general and especially those in which the woman is older, which they deem most likely to fail.But to many people actually involved in older woman/younger man pairings, the age difference can be a boon, if it matters at all."(It was attractive) to be with someone on their own two feet, less self-centered, interested in doing stuff not based so much on distractions but on real life," said Charlie Capen, an actor and co-founder of the blog
The couple waited to start a family because "it was very important to me that Charlie really have a chance to pursue his dreams without the stress and responsibility of having a child," she said.
Fading taboo Though the double standard persists, acceptance has come a long way.
A 2003 AARP study found 34 percent of women older than 40 were dating younger men, with 8 percent seeing men 10 or more years younger.
They are shown with their son, Finnegan."When she'd start to talk about Duran Duran or Erasure, I was like, 'What are you talking about?
'" said Charlie Capen, right, now 31 and married to Avara, 39, left, for eight years. (Handout/Family photo) When he moved to Los Angeles, Charlie Capen, 20 at the time, could have joined his friends hitting the clubs.