Today, the number of women marrying younger men continues to rise. The idea that a woman should look for a man who will take care of her, who is more educated, has a better job and earns more money, is apparently no longer valid, Sandra L. Caron, professor of family relations and human at the University of Maine, told The New York Times.
This is because today, according to the specialist, the relaxation of conventions in couple relationships is seen in age, race, religion and economic status.
In the United States they already have a name for women who maintain this type of relationship: cougars, because they compare them to the image of this animal: wild and beautiful but predatory because they prowl around their victims, almost always men so young that they could be their children.
From this perspective, they are admired for being women of 40 or more years of age, independent, with a consolidated economic situation and self-confident. But at the same time, they are feared by their peers, who see them as dangerous and seductive competition when it comes to men. They are also feared by their peers, who are frightened by their autonomy and determination.
According to a study conducted in the United States with couples made up of women 10 years older than men, the age difference matters more to others than to them.
Women like the vitality that the younger man brings to their lives, while they like the maturity and confidence of the older woman, although it is a fact that the generation gap can facilitate infidelity.
Women, as well as men, are no longer uncomfortable with the possibility that she is the one who earns more money, according to the study. And although it is likely that an autonomous woman would not want to adopt a useless man as a partner, it is also a fact that women today are less focused on the status of their partner than was the case with women of previous generations. And you, do you know couples in this situation?