This is not something new - many older men date younger women and in modern western society, it's acceptable if not commendable. Men who are ageing are called 'distinguished' and the much younger women they are with are assumed to be 'Gold-diggers'. It's a cliche but it has some validity. As a norm, we appreciate how alpha males dominate in their roles, how they attain different types of weath and boast about it, and their portfolios definitely include a beautiful younger woman at their side.
I rarely have seem a younger woman go for and be with a much older man who is poor or does not have much to offer materially. I suppose an older man to them is synonomous with affluence and could seem like a promise of stability, status or security. So a trade off is made somewhere there between the sexes. Youth and sex traded for wealth and power.
I wouldn't call it a 'new' trend, but I think simply more women are feeling empowered to live a more authentic life and are not falling prey to rigid societal expectations, that instead they are dating younger men and are openly enjoying it. I'm not talking about the cougars looking for cubs niche, but rather the growing segement of the female population who are dating much younger men (10+ years younger) and they are loving it!
Personally, I believe that 'Love' should be blind to age, colour, creed and religion. You love the essence of a human being, not simply their external attributes or assets. You connect to their soul not to their bank accounts.
Possibly, more women are now financially independent, less straddled down with child care issues with more involvement from exes/fathers. Also, now more than ever women are investing more time in themselves and their health and beauty regimes and can thus look and feel more attractive, making them appealing to much younger men. Being freed from financial constraints and not needing any man to provide, opens up to a whole new rank of men who are still getting on their feet and look to an older woman not only for great sex, love and affection, but also guidance and inspiration.
I absolutely love seeing more 'distinguished' women not only hooking up with, but settling down with younger men. It makes the dating world much more interesting and exciting. And it must be envigorating for those willing to give younger men a chance. Trust me, from past personal experience they are great!
Any Age-Gap lovers out there? Here are a few...
Julianne Moore and Bart Freundlich
Age gap: 9 years
Robin Wright and Ben Foster
Age gap: 14 years
Geena Davis and Reza Jarrahy
Hugh Jackman and Debora Lee-Furness
Age gap: 13 years
Tina Turner and Erwin Bach
Age gap: 16 years