So, friends, in light of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynold’s surprising marriage this week, I have a question: Why is it perfectly OK for older men to date younger women, but it’s most definitely not OK for older women to date younger men? In fact, a woman with a younger man is practically taboo in society’s eyes.
We’ve talked about cougars before, about the Mrs. Robinsons of the world and even theorized about possible male cougar monikers. You know just how much I love a good deep analysis, friends, so after all that exhaustive soul-searching, I thought I’d at least have come to some sort of conclusion. If nothing else, I’d surely come away with a new nugget of wisdom no matter how small, right?
I suppose I just can’t wrap my head around this frustrating double standard. No one bats an eye when a man dates a younger woman — Lively is 25 and Reynolds is 35 — and even if the age difference is a big one, it’s never big enough to raise any eyebrows. Now, if Lively had been 35 and Reynolds had been 25, those eyebrows would probably have shot through the roof by now. Is it that women feel threatened? Is it that men feel superior? I’m not sure, but whatever the reason, it’s a pretty poor one. I don’t think I’d ever date someone, say, 20 years my junior, but five years? Sure. Women should not be made to fear the Mrs. Robinson stigma that will follow them around
What do you think, friends? Why do you think women and men are viewed differently when it comes to age difference? Is it fair? Would you ever date someone a lot younger than you? Have you? Let’s chat! xoxo
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