When it comes to the subject of love we always hope that there are no real significant barriers to its success. But what about age? And what about age as it relates to older women involved with younger men? Actress Robin Wright, 47, is engaged to fellow actor Ben Foster, Pop star Shakira is involved with a man 10 years her junior.
There are a few things at play here. And not for the reasons you may think. An older woman does pose an alluring challenge for a younger man. Not only is she at her most confident, but this woman has got it together.
The phenomenon of men dating younger women is depicted everywhere in pop culture. Hollywood movies frequently cast much older male actors to star alongside young actresses, and the same actors are often snapped by paparazzi dating much younger women in real life. Male singers have long referenced younger women in songs with epithets like "baby" and "little girl" and now it's increasingly common for women to refer to their sexual partners as "daddy". The idea that it's normal and natural for men to date women five, 10, 15 or even 20 years younger than them is pretty firmly culturally ingrained at this point. However, it's worth taking a second look at whether this phenomenon should continue to be taken for granted.
British actress Kate Beckinsale says she's surprised by all the interest in her relationship with comedian Pete Davidson. The year-old star of Amazon Prime's new series, "The Widow," told the Los Angeles Times the intense fascination with their romance is unsettling. It's the first time Beckinsale has publicly talked about about her relationship with Davidson, The comedian already told a "Saturday Night Live" audience that their year age difference "doesn't bother us.