Tweet I began dating younger men by accident. Fifteen years ago, I was running an ad agency, and we were asked to pitch for an online dating site. To prepare, all of us on the team had to create a profile. The rest of my team were married, living with someone, or dating, so they all made up fake personas.
I got an avalanche of responses, and to my surprise, the majority of them were from younger men. Older women have always been attracted to younger men and younger men have always been attracted to older women.
Unfortunately, the usual double standard applies. I meet them on cougar dating sites. I respond to maybe one percent of all the approaches I get. I have one criterion first and foremost: He has to be a nice person. I date younger men off and on over periods of 2, 3, 4, 5 — or even 15 years. They may go on to date women their own age, or to move to different places, but we stay friends. And then every so often, their relationships end, and they return to me.
Yes, the sex is fantastic. People looking for love could benefit from operating on my principles of approach to sexual relationships. I meet people from very different walks of life: Yes, the sex is great, and the six-pack abs are nice, but what I also get out of my approach to dating is meeting men I admire and respect. Unfortunately, the usual double standard applies: Older woman, younger man — somehow deemed socially unacceptable. This article originally appeared on New York Magazine: Distributed by Tribune Content Agency.
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