Dating an older man
(And though he constantly disparaged her for it while they were together, he also grudgingly admitted he chose her for “school smarts", too).
Plus, being so young, she was “more likely to put up with him,” he said.
Dating much younger women seems to stem from these men's unhealthy and unrealistic obsession with youth – perhaps a way to stave off fears of their own mortality.
In fact, such a lopsided romance is my origin story.
I thought back to the white-haired gentleman at the bar who was easily old enough to be my father and shook my head. Over the next couple of weeks, Bob sent me several samples of his writing without a trace of any innuendo or flirtation.
He introduced himself and inquired about what we did for a living.
When I told him I was a writer, he became intrigued.
Such mansplaining is one of the many reasons I don't want to date significantly older men.
While sexism knows no age barrier, in my experience, the older men I've met are far less likely to treat me as an equal.