It's a scene from the coming-of-age classic "The Graduate. Theirs, however, is a real-life love story of an older woman and younger man -- something that is not so uncommon nowadays.
A study by AARP revealed that 34 percent of all women over 40 in the survey were dating younger men, and 35 percent preferred it to dating older men. At age 40, she was dating a year-old. Quite frankly, his mother made it so impossible," Winter says of the six-year relationship, which Datig her book.
Terms like "cougar" slang for an older woman seeking a younger man depict the woman as a predator, rather than an empowered, independent and loving person. Don't Miss Kutcher: Ladies, here's how to flatter your man NBC aired a reality dating show this summer -- "Age of Love" -- that pitted women in their 20s against women in their 40s in a battle for the heart of tennis star Mark Philippoussis.
Meanwhile, online dating sites like GoCougar. Mary Pender, 37, a high school special education teacher in Huntington Beach, California, connected with a truck driver seven years her junior who she met on an online dating site. Though she'd always dated older men before, she "thought it was exciting to date someone younger" -- and, as it turned out, he thought it'd be just as exciting a match.
Dating younger men
Jeremy Abelson, a self-styled dating impresario Lages erotic massage studios organized the Natural Selection Speed Date event that paired wealthy bachelors with beautiful women this past February in New York City, can see the appeal. And I think that's a very common fantasy for young men.
I was right. He is the most mature and sensitive man I have ever dated.
It seems that they are easier to get along with -- there is, for the most part, no drama. Older women know what they want, they usually are in a career, are financially secure and not looking for a man to take care of them.
Jocelyn Voo is a freelance journalist and relationships editor at the New York Post.