There is so much cougar hype that we now have a fake cougar and a real cougar. Cougar cruises are setting sail, cosmetic surgeons are promising to cougarize their clients and online cougar communities are cropping up. But behind the unleashing of cougars in pop culture is what a growing number of sociologists say is a real demographic shift, driven by new choices that women over 40 are making as they redefine the concept of a suitable mate. The reason is that as women have delayed marriage, men still have a tendency to date and marry younger women.
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But in recent years, the tables turned and now many women are dating younger men. A lot depends on the age difference between you and how much younger you're talking about. Things like what time you eat meals or go to sleep at night, where you vacation and the type of activities you enjoy together. Many of my dating coaching clients complain about how men their own age are very rigid about how they live their lives. They tend to say "No" more often than "Yes" to trying something new. Youth offers more flexibility, giving you greater options to explore together. Adoration as He Looks Up to You.
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However, when it came to communication and just how he treated me in general, this guy was years ahead of some of his something male counterparts. Dating him was remarkably easy. He was the first feminist guy I dated. He was sensitive, aware, and incredibly thoughtful. Lack of emotional baggage is a good thing.
If you're ready to accept that age is just a number, then your pool of eligible bachelors just got a hell of a lot bigger—and might include some much younger dudes. Plus, all the cool kids are dating younger these days. Curious what it's like to get serious with someone lacking as much life experience as you?