When I was 25, I spent a year dating a man 20 years older than me. The Older Man was also my editor, which added a power imbalance to the mix-a dynamic we all know can be equal parts problematic and irresistible. I wonder: What do we gain and lose from dating someone of a different generation? The Older Man was a peculiar person. For one, he wore silk onesie pajamas that he meticulously ironed to have a crease down the center of the pant leg.
A little bit about the situation. I'm a 20 year old college student soon to be 21 in a sorority and studying elementary ed. Over the past year, I've become friends with a guy in the teaching program, a 28 year old guy studying history ed. He was in the Air Force as an air traffic controller before deciding to go to school after he got out. I didn't know he was 28 when I first met him, he has a very youthful face and youthful energy We're friends and we've hung out quite a few times. He's very nice, sweet, polite and he treats me like a woman.
So I was watching a rerun of Friends the other day I admit it, I still love that show. Everyone was shocked at the unusual pairing, and even more so at their very amorous behavior. But in the end, the couple prevailed. Recently, I read a blog where a separated, lates woman stated that she wanted advice on how to land a much younger man - say, late 20s or early 30s. If you want to get people into a heated discussion, forget politics or religion - bring up an older woman wanting to date a man half her age.