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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Old Man

"Though the media have been abuzz in recent years over the phenomenon of cougars -- older women dating much younger men -- a new study hints that pairings of older mothers and younger fathers might be optimal for the children's IQs." Read the entire article at Oh well, just another reason Pop's aging may cause him feelings of decreasing masculinity and increasing stress. The article does point out that that the sample in the study was taken between 1959 and 1965 while following only the development of children through age seven. These factors may affect the results as compared with a modern-day sample of what happens to these children the rest of their lives. Some mature women prefer to date younger men because they feel they have experienced a lot in life and they now want a totally different type of relationship, a relationship to help them capture some of their youth and lost romance. According to CNN reporter Jocelyn Voo, "The potential issues between such May-December couples are the same ones that challenge the longevity of any relationship: different long-term priorities and emotional temperament." Today, women seem less likely to feel embarrassed going for younger men than ever before. In the United States, they have more freedom in choosing a mate because they often make as much money as men, are more career oriented, and consider postponement of marriage less of a problem. Terri Glosia of Women's Home Page reports her attraction to younger men as due partly to the following:
  • "Younger men won't expect you to cook/clean and take care of them, older men do! They're not all wrapped up in the conforming rules older men have....they appreciate stronger, passionate women....
  • "Men who grew up with the women's movement tend to be less possessive. There's no conforming to some rigid idea of what a woman should be, and younger men don't treat you like a trophy or an acquisition.
  • Younger men are open to new experiences; many older men are too set in their ways.
According to data from the National Center for Health Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau, men can expect an average of about 74 years of life while women can expect an average of nearly 80 years of life. It seems the statistics favor the women in longevity. In fairness, Ed Attanasio has reported some great reasons for younger girls to date geriatric males: 1. You can borrow his Grecian Formula to patch any bleached sun spots in your hair. 2. If you sprain your ankle, you can use his cane. 3. If he gets too chatty, you can hide his teeth. 4. No random late-night booty calls, because he goes to bed at 9 pm every night. 5. Dating him will shock your folks. They may even throw lots of money at you to stop dating him. Check out his entire hilarious list of fifty reasons at /The15MinuteDatingBlog
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