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I find that the women I am attracted to are almost always younger than I am. Sometimes considerably so.
And that really doesn't bother me all that much. Some of my friends have pointed out to me that I am "old enough to be her father" in one case. And I am. I think I'm actually the same age as her mother.
But I am so very much not my age. Guys that are my physical age have wrinkly skin and play golf. My skin is smooth, and I play mini-golf. I play computer games, and I read science fiction, and I like Stargate SG-1 and Buffy.
I feel like I'm in my early 30's. Really, I got my degrees in 1990 and entered the workforce in '91, so that would make me around 35-36 in career years. That kind of excludes the career that I already had before college.

I just don't think about my chronological age unless I have to. Like when I start considering dating. Should I make age a consideration? Should I worry that a woman that I find attractive may be 20 years younger than me? Or should I just go with her character and the things I like about her and not make a problem where one may not exist?

If there is a problem with age differences, how much of an age difference is appropriate? Is it measured as a percentage of your chronological age? Some span? How far away do you get before it's "just plain wrong"?

(Okay, this was actually triggered by the news story this morning about the woman teacher who had a child by one of her students (actually I think it's 2 children now) getting out of prison after a seven-year sentence. She's 42, he's 21. They are looking to get married now, and the comments from the radio show were disparaging to say the least.)


Aug. 4th, 2004 04:55 pm (UTC)
I saw your post in the underwear day drive by sotik. I have a friend, no, really I do. She was 18 years younger than her husband. I expressed my reservations about the relationship and they were based on him being a tyrannical asshole and not his age. She went ahead and got married. So after seven years they are separated. She is 33 so he must be 51. I had a co-worker who was 43 and he marred an 18 year old girl. She literally turned 18 on her wedding day. He was a sick bastard. I recall she was one of his son's girlfriends friends.

Just make sure she's legal and be prepared to get hissed and spat at from time to time.

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