Dating is a stage of romantic or sexual relationships in humans whereby two or more people meet socially, possibly as friends or with the aim of each assessing the other's suitability as a prospective partner in a more committed intimate relationship or marriage.
It can be a form of courtship that consists of social activities done by the couple.
But evolving gender roles in modern society have led to more equality between the sexes, challenging this antiquated notion for men.
After all, young women are fun, free-spirited, energetic and have a zest for life.
This youthful energy is attractive to an older man who may be feeling his mortality.
My mum insisted that I should date someone older than me, who was a little more ‘mature’ and ‘settled’. I had a habit of finding men who weren’t really all that keen on being in a relationship, which can be quite the hurdle when it comes to, well, being in a relationship with them. Interestingly, my parents haven't been resistant to the idea. I want someone who gets along with my family and plays with my hair when I'm sad.
We've only been dating for a short time, and I can't say whether or not age will come to matter in six months or a year. It turns out my grandmother was four years older, not to mention , than my grandpa. Friends have joked about having to be careful swearing in front of my boyfriend, or making sure he's in bed by pm, but in the same breath they've shrugged it off and laughed that their mum is nine years older than their dad. And none of those things have the least bit to do with what year they graduated school.
But what I can say, is that in my experience, the biggest deal breakers have never been superficial. You'd think as a feminist I'd have rejected sexist ideals about what a good relationship should look like.