Dating boy 6 years younger
Their lives are completely different from granny sitting in her easy chair.
For the first time, they’re an attractive sexual proposition — and this, says Eagly, will create a permanent difference in the way we live.
Many of the newly retired men I meet are content with their comfy slippers just as their wives are bursting forth with a post-menopausal, post-empty nest lease of life, taking on new challenges and seeing the next stage as something to look forward to rather than the slippery slope into dotage.
So it’s not surprising if more and more middle-aged women hanker, a little wistfully, after younger men.
And that an increasing number are willing to go beyond the fantasy and actually do something about it.
So the latest spate of cougar A-listers could be seen as the vanguard for this new mode of femininity — one where it’s ladylike to pay your man’s bills, flaunt a pretty young male thing on one’s arm and choose your mate on the basis of his cheekbones rather than his chequebook.
Gone are the days when middle-aged women would adopt skirts of a sensible length, allow grey hair to creep in or take a back seat in public life.
Today, they’re still working in powerful positions, are financially independent, are adept at holding back the ravages of time — and are often newly single, thanks to divorce.
For a whole raft of middle-aged female celebrities, there’s only one fashionable accessory you need to dangle on your arm — and that’s a toyboy.
From Madonna to Susan Sarandon, Kylie Minogue to Wendi Deng, Kate Moss to Mariah Carey, it seems more and more women of a certain age are falling for the charms of men years — and in some cases, decades — their junior.Eventually, she says, it will seem utterly natural for older women to enjoy the social status that was previously reserved for men.