Maybe, but I suspect another dynamic is at work: Women don't want to feel maternal about a lover, nor do they want to see themselves as a mother figure in a lover's eyes.This aversion may have stopped some women cold who were hot for younger men.You don't hear as much about what I refuse to call "cougars": women substantially older than their male partners.Could it be that men prize youth and beauty more highly than women do?
Or look at 65-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, who made 34-year-old theater producer Sally Humphreys his (third) bride in December 2012.
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If they are grown, it may strike them as practically incestuous to learn that Mom or Dad is dating someone their same age.
They may worry about fortune hunters or a compromised inheritance, or struggle to perceive their new 40-year-old stepmother in a maternal light.