We're looking for a life partner, not a father figure," 35-year old Ahna says, echoing every other independent woman out there.9.
I expected him to say something to the bartender or to at least be as upset as I was, but instead he told me that he was sorry, and that this was going to happen, but that we couldn’t let other people’s ignorance get in the way of our relationship.
My friends and family have always gotten giddy when I’ve told them about a new love interest. And when I tell them about my current boyfriend, and the saucy, yet sweet, tale of how our holidays in Portugal collided and a transatlantic relationship ensued, they practically swoon. Sometimes, they do this weird winking affirmation thing, but it’s always something. By now, I’ve learned that this is both unfair and sexist.
But there’s one part of our origin story that I always save for last.“So, he has this great job in marketing, and we both have a degree in journalism, and he’s well-traveled, and — oh yeah — he’s 24,” I say. If my boyfriend were just a couple of years younger, or even significantly , than I am, the “age thing” (as I call it) wouldn’t even be a thing. The 43-year-old supermodel recently received flak for dating a man 13 years her junior.
He hasn’t bolted yet, so it seems like we’re on the same page.
Now, I’m not saying that every younger man is going to make a great boyfriend — just as not every older man makes a great partner.