Whether they view it is a sign of stature to be able to attract a much younger man or whether they simply find themselves more compatible with younger men there is an increasing trend of older women becoming involved in relationships with younger men.
For this reason, it is not only the age difference but also the current ages of the partners that factors into the equation.
Women are usually perceived as being more mature than their male counterparts of equal age so it stands to reason that a younger man would likely be significantly less mature than the older woman.
Depending on the ages involved though this may not be critical.
New French President Emmanuel Macron, 39, has a wife, Brigitte, who is 24 years his senior, while supermodel Heidi Klum, 43, has been dating art dealer Vito Schnabel, 30, for more than three years.
Actress Gabrielle Union, 44, and her husband, Chicago Bulls player Dwyane Wade, 35, are often lauded as a power couple. “Older successful men are used to being in control of a woman, and that doesn’t sit well with modern women,” says Susan Winter, co-author of the book “Older Women, Younger Men: New Options for Love and Romance.” “Younger men have grown up with working women and have worked for female bosses, so they’re more likely to treat women equally.” Some in these relationships agree.