Why Women Prefer Dating Younger Men: 3 Reasons

 / 

,
Dating Younger Men

Are you wondering why some older women prefer dating younger men? There are a lot of reasons why women want to date younger men, instead of men their own age.

When an older man is in an intimate relationship with a younger woman, we rarely bat an eye. It’s a relationship structure that we have become used to seeing in our culture. George and Amal Clooney, Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones — the list goes on and on. However, we are much less accustomed to seeing relationships in which the woman is noticeably older than the man.

When we do see these relationships, we tend to think of her as an object of his sexual fantasy (think of Stifler’s mom in American Pie). Older women are also sometimes fetishized (there are “MILF” categories in pornography, for example).

But a new study published in the Journal of Sex Research challenges what we might think we know about “cougars” by asking women who date younger men about their experiences and motivations.

The research suggests that not only does dating younger men allow women to break down some social norms and barriers that might otherwise be present during heterosexual sexual interactions, but women reported high levels of sexual pleasure and satisfaction within these intimate partnerships.

The Study

Dr. Milaine Alarie at the Institut National de la Research Scientifique, in Montreal, interviewed 55 women aged 30 to 60 who reported having relationships with younger men (termed “age-hypergamous intimate relationships“). In order to be eligible for this study, women had to be in a relationship with a man at least five years younger than them. There was no criterion related to the length of the relationship.

Read: Too Young Or Too Old To Date: Partner Age Preferences of Men and Women

In that sense, women reported on their experience of dating as well as casually sleeping with partners.

The Findings

1. Women were attracted to younger men’s sexual stamina.

Over the course of the interviews, women in the study reported that they were more sexually drawn to younger men because they believed younger partners had more to offer sexually.

Specifically, women indicated that compared to men their own age, they felt younger men tended to have higher sex drives, could last longer during sex (or be physically ready to have sex again sooner), and had more reliable erections. Given that many women in this study described having a fairly high level of sexual desire, they saw this as a very positive aspect of dating younger men.

As one woman said: “I have a big sexual appetite, very big. I might want to do it, like eight times a day, you know. So with a man in his 40s, he will find that fun the first week. But I can tell you after the second week he doesn’t find it funny anymore.”

2. Women felt more comfortable embracing their sexual assertiveness.

Women in the study also described how dating someone younger than them allowed for the disruption of certain restrictive gender roles. That is, in traditional heterosexual partnerships, the man is expected to be more sexually experienced, while the woman is typically more passive and receptive to his advances.

Women in this study, however, felt that being older than their male partners allowed them to embrace their sexual assertiveness. Many women felt that younger men fantasized about older, sexually assertive, and experienced women and said their younger male partners were often appreciative of them taking a more active role.

Women also described feeling less preoccupied with rigid beauty standards that may have been restrictive earlier on in their lives. Some women described feeling more comfortable with their bodies now than they might have been when they were younger, which they described as translating into more sexual confidence.

As one participant said: “Older women, we’re more, you know, confident about ourselves. And we are going to walk into the room in our lingerie if we have cellulite or not, you know? And a younger woman would be like, ‘Oh my god! I can’t wear this in front of him!’”

Read: What Women Really Want In A Man: The Player Vs. The Nice Guy

3. Women felt able to place greater importance on their own sexual pleasure.

Women in this study often described the importance of prioritizing their own pleasure during sex. Women said they liked dating younger men, because, from their experience, younger partners were more motivated to provide pleasure and satisfy them before they satisfied themselves.

As outlined previously, women described how they believed younger men had a higher level of sexual stamina, sexual openness, and perceived ability to have and maintain erections for longer and more enjoyable sexual encounters.

Because of this, women felt they could ask for more of their sexual needs to be met. Some women also indicated (again, from their personal experience) that men their own age could be more preoccupied with their own erections and sexual pleasure than providing it. In that sense, women in this study indicated that they believed younger men were more motivated to please.

As one participant shared: “Younger men try a bit harder — they want to impress you with their skills and their prowess, what they are able to do and to what extent they can pleasure you. I have the feeling that they try harder than older men.”

“Older women know who they are, and that makes them more beautiful than younger ones.”— Naveen Andrews

Takeaway

Women who date younger men go against traditional sexual scripts. The findings from this study suggest that women who participate in age-discordant relationships may be more comfortable asserting their sexual needs, and they may experience heightened levels of sexual pleasure.

Notably, the sample was largely Caucasian and highly educated, so it would be important to study a more diverse sample to better understand the full range of women’s experiences.

Written by Sarah Hunter Murray Ph.D.
Originally appeared on Psychology Today

Sarah is the author of “Not Always in the Mood: The New Science of Men, Sex & Relationships” …available now!

There is nothing wrong with women wanting to date younger men, despite what other people and society believes. Everyone deserves to be happy and content in their lives, including women. That is why, if some women are happy with dating younger men, then so be it. After all, happiness is what matters the most, doesn’t it?

If you want to know more about women dating younger men, check out this video below:

3 Reasons Why Women Prefer Dating Younger Men
Dating Younger Men PIN

— Share —

— About the Author —

Response

  1. Ishkumar Kaushik Avatar
    Ishkumar Kaushik

    No never. They feel more secure with a mature guy

Leave a Reply



Up Next

The Dreaded ‘What Are We’ Question: 7 Tips For Having ‘The Talk’ Successfully

"What Are We?" Best Tips To Have The Talk Successfully

The “what are we?” talk can be terrifying, even for the most experienced daters. But do not fret because armed with some strategic advice and a lot of bravery, you can make it through this conversation with your head held high.

If you have ever been stuck in a non-committal relationship much more than casual though not legitimately committed, you need to place the what are we question. It will allow you to find answers for yourself in the notoriously undefined modern dating gray area.

Below are some tips t



Up Next

Beware Of ‘Cushioning’! This Sneaky Dating Trend Could Be Sabotaging Your Relationship

Toxic Signs of The Cushioning Dating Term: Beware!

Relationships in today’s society can often be like walking through a minefield of colloquialisms and behaviors. One such term is the “cushioning dating”, it may sound harmless, but the implications it carries are anything but cozy.

Cushioning involves entertaining potential romantic partners outside of one’s committed relationship; it is rooted in fear, insecurity, and avoidance, frequently resulting in emotional infidelity.

What Is Cushioning Dating Trend?



Up Next

10 Signs You Are A Rebound And Nothing More

Signs You Are A Rebound And Nothing More

The dating world can sometimes feel like you are on a wild roller coaster ride of emotions, full of exhilarating highs and heart breaking lows. And you might find yourself unknowingly become someone’s rebound. But how do you gauge that? What are the signs you are a rebound, and nothing more?

Being someone’s rebound means being an emotional pit stop for them; it’s like they are taking a short break where they are seeking temporary solace before moving on for good. It’s not a good place to be in, honestly.

Today, we are talking to talk about all those glaring signs you are a rebound, so that it’s easier for you to decide if you want to remain one, or let go and wait for someone who gives you the love and respect you deserve.



Up Next

Is Your Partner ‘Hesidating’? 4 Signs They’re Unsure About You

Hesidating: Clear Signs Your Partner Is Unsure About You

Are you ready to explore the world of hesidating? It’s when commitment phobia meets modern romance. Dating can be like walking on a tightrope without a safety net. With so much uncertainty, it’s no wonder people hesitate to get into something they can’t control.

Hesidating is running rampant in the world of singles right now. It’s more dangerous than it sounds to date ambivalently; when you’re intentionally dating and match with someone who’s hesidating, you risk getting hurt because you’re not on the same page about what you ultimately want.

What Is Hesidating?



Up Next

What Is Wanderlove Dating Trend: 5 Reasons Your Summer Romance Needs It

Wanderlove Dating: Great Benefits Of This Trend

Love is not restrained by time or space in today’s world. This dating trend can be related to wanderlust, it is called wanderlove and it has taken over the world.

Bumble came up with this name which combines love with travel desire that attracts people who are adventurous and want to connect.

What Is Wander Love Really?

Wanderlove may just be what you’re looking for if you’ve ever wanted to explore different parts of the globe while finding your soulmate.

It centers around accepting long distance relationships where one partner could be on the other side of the countr



Up Next

Kittenfishing Alert! 4 Telltale Signs You’re Being Deceived in Dating

What Is Kittenfishing? Clear Signs You're Being Kittenfished

There is an online trend known as “kittenfishing” which is a lot like catfishing; not as extreme, but still slightly misleading. Are you (slightly) guilty of this?

What Is Kittenfishing?

Wondering what is kittenfishing? It’s a play on words that describes the act of misleading someone in online dating by pretending to be different than one really is.

Instead of pretending to be a completely different person, kittenfishers modify their profiles with little white lies. You know, like using that one photo from three years ago when you looked a tad more glamorous, or fibbing about your age by a ye



Up Next

Taylor Swift’s ‘Tortured Poets Department’ Is A Wake-Up Call For All Those In Situationships

Tortured Poets Department And Situationships: Lessons To Learn

Taylor Swift’s most recent album, “The Tortured Poets Department,” explores current relationships and sheds light on what many call “situationships.” With powerful words and haunting tunes, she describes the emotional roller coaster that happens when love is mixed with confusion.

Situationships And The Tortured Poets Department Taylor Swift

On her eleventh studio album – which was met with both excitement and trepidation – Swift talks about her person