Actor Mel Gibson and partner Rosalind Ross pose at the American Film Institute Awards in Los Angeles, California, on Jan. Gibson, who is 61, is 35 years older than his partner Rosalind Ross, who is 26.
(REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni) Many men and women are seemingly rejecting those cougar and sugar-daddy stereotypes, as some experts are seeing that a substantial portion of middle-age and older singles are willing to choose partners who are younger than themselves.
Today's younger men have had the opportunity to grow up seeing these powerful women – it’s been a more regular part of their experience in everyday life.
Because many women work full-time and raise families it enables men who have grown up with this norm to feel less threatened by female success.
Also, many of the commonly held beliefs about dating a younger man or woman — for instance, that a junior partner may lack maturity — aren’t true, relationship expert and columnist April Masini told Fox News.
“There are plenty of younger people who are a lot more mature than older men and women, and who are such go-getters that they're more successful than people twice their age,” Masini said.
According to a survey by dating website Elite Singles, 20-something men actually have a preference for older women three to six years older than themselves.
The biological theory has always been men prefer younger women because they are likely to bear more children, while women prefer older men because they offer resources and stability.
He was a freshman in college, while she was pursuing her Masters. There was pretty much nothing in common between them. Their chats became more frequent, they started hanging out more often, and eventually, love blossomed.
He confessed about his feelings first and the response was a thunderous slap.
But evolving gender roles in modern society have led to more equality between the sexes, challenging this antiquated notion for men.
Sam Owen, Elites Singles Partner psychologist, believes "young men nowadays probably also recognize that older women are adept at diligently juggling so many responsibilities (career, children, housekeeping, fitness, finances, socializing), which makes them intriguing and attractive and a more secure option."The dating website analyzed the upper and lower age search limits for more than 450,000 of its members to reveal the age of a man and a woman’s perfect partner.
A common rule of thumb when it comes to dating is that it’s OK to be interested in someone who is half your age, plus seven years.