Ever since Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman made it cool in the 1967 film The Graduate, women have embraced the cougar role.And it’s no secret that Samantha Jones had many (many) younger, hot, male playthings.One thing that works in our favor is that I wanted a younger man (although I was thinking more like 48) and he prefers older women (he pursued me and knew how old I was, because he first set eyes on me at my 60th birthday party at the tennis club where he worked as a trainer).It turns out that one-sixth of women in their 50s prefer men in their 40s. I knew I wanted a younger man, but only as a playmate.To say men JUST want sex, especially young men, isn’t a fair assessment.
According to a recent AARP poll, one-sixth of women in their 50s, in fact, prefer men in their 40s.
Tessina, Ph D, a licensed family therapist in practice in Long Beach, Calif., and author of The Unofficial Guide to Dating Again, tells Web MD.
For their part, the men like the sophistication and life success of their older mates, she explains.
You don’t need to make like Stifler’s mom and prey on young 18-year-old boys. What you need to do is embrace the incredible sexual power you possess—and stop making excuses for why you can’t. If there’s one complaint I hear from younger men—and the reason they’re interested in older women, is that they’re a little tired of the same old scene and games.
They’re very into the idea of spending time with a woman who brings a little more to the table—a whole world of experience and interests outside of his own. He’s smarter than you think and would welcome a grown-up conversation, not to mention a mature relationship.
The much touted idea that women peak sexually in their 30s and men in their teens does not enter into it -- most of these couples are beyond both those age periods.
But what about the notion that men are "hard-wired" to seek a smooth-faced, curvy receptacle for reproduction and thus are drawn to younger women?
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One of the members of my Inner Circle asked me to write about being an older woman involved with a younger man because she's dating someone younger.