Why /why not?
what is appropriate?
I know women that are 40 and date 20 somethings!
Is this a double standard?
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I personally wouldn't. It's too big of an age gap for me. We're in completely different areas of our lives and it would be hard to find a common goal in that respect. And yes, there is a bit of a double standard when it comes to dating younger people and it just boils down to the differences between men and women. It's much riskier for a woman to date a much older man. The reasons are usually very superficial as to why the man wants to date her (he's lost some of his looks but she's brand new), and the girl can be easily taken advantage of. You don't see that happening much in reverse. Often the woman misses the passion of a younger a man and the man wants the experience of an older woman. Since men are driven sexually by looks mostly, he obviously feels the woman is hot enough so it's not an unequal trade there, and the younger guy doesn't see any risks involved (like getting raped). Plus he's not as easily taken advantage of as a young girl tends to be.
Is it a double standard? Absolutely. But there are plenty of them in the world that favor men as well. Men and women are different, plain and simple. I think it comes down to the idea that a man can better take care of himself in riskier situations than women can.1