"In relationships with younger men and older women, there may be significant issues regarding power, and perceptions of dependency, that may play into unfortunate cultural tropes regarding dependency." Translation: If you detect a "you're not my mom!
" undercurrent to a disagreement, that's definitely the red flag you think it is.
And for the rare young-yet-mature man who's got his life together "but is struggling to find a similarly-positioned woman his age, older women may seem like a very good option in terms of a romantic partner."A less confident man who's just beginning to forge his own path won't always be so enamored of your history.
This can cause bumps in the road when he's your date at professional engagements, or attends a blended family gathering that requires hanging with your ex-husband.
Sherman agrees that a woman who's, say, divorced with older kids may have so many obligations to juggle that someone who's accrued less "baggage" is often appealing.
"They can just appreciate one another, and the moments they share." The theory that men's sexual peak hits decades earlier than a woman's, making an 18 year-old man and a 35-year-old woman unlikely-yet-perfect bedfellows, comes from a study conducted way back in 1953 (and the existence of a "sexual peak" is highly debatable).
Communication is key, Sherman says, and voicing feelings of jealousy and insecurity as they present themselves can go a long way.
Or, he might be eagerly awaiting fatherhood, and you're a happy empty-nester going through menopause.Then there's Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra..get the picture.