Dating men of any age presents its own unique set of challenges: In high school you get fumbling boys, confused about where to put their body parts in relation to yours, despite their over-eagerness for the proximity. If you manage to settle down with one in their thirties you'll still spend time tinkering with their training wheels, coaching them through their careers, mothering them, and turning them into the men they want to be.
In their twenties men want to have as much sex with as many different women as possible. Of course in their forties and fifties all of that hard work will be undone in a blazing crisis of self that returns them squarely to stage one, armed this time with enough Viagra to pre-empt their premature excitement.
He did all of this without any hints or prodding on my part.
The bullshit factor dramatically declines as the years of their age rise.3. I can speak from experience; more often than not, you will get flowers when he comes to pick you up.
The 20s chick is known for exploring and taking risks.
The 40s chick has a rep for coming into a higher level of independence and self-empowerment and hell, she's even got magazine.After all, this is a period where we're preoccupied with accruing bloated titles at work, getting that corner office, getting married, not getting married, having kids, avoiding having kids, etc.On the outset, it sounds so terribly banal and purgatorial, but internally, what's really going on?Gary was smitten over message and they met up in between Los Angeles and Palm Springs a few days later. Throughout the weekend, as I explained Megan's preferences to my college girlfriends in their early thirties, they made a face like they had swallowed sour milk and erupted in a chorus of, "That's gross," "ewwwww," and my personal favorite, "he's like my grandpa." To be fair, Uncle Jack was actually someone's grandpa.Megan's quick-witted retort is to rattle off the names of male celebrities who are sexagenarians, septuagenarians, and even octogenarians who you would probably sleep with: Harrison Ford, 71, Clint Eastwood, 83, Jack Nicholson, 76, Robert Redford, 77. "From an early age I just found older men to seem reliable and supportive. Bush (he was president at the time) was the most handsome man in the world.These two decades even have their own version of well-documented existential crises -- quarter-life crisis and mid-life crisis, anyone?The 20s and 40s gals have a distinct and interesting enough internal dialogue that compels the rest of the world to want to have an external dialogue about them -- look anywhere, and you'll end up with a plethora of 20- and 40-something material at your fingertips: self-help books, blogs, TV shows, movies; they're ubiquitous.I'm 33, Megan is 37, and the majority of the guests who were not relatives of the bride or groom fell somewhere squarely in between.Recently recovering from a relationship with a 65-year-old celebrity plastic surgeon in Los Angeles, Megan arrived to the wedding weekend licking her wounds, only to immediately be courted by the 72-year old uncle of the groom. Uncle Jack was away somewhere in France, but the mother of the groom put the kibosh on the whole thing.For a split second, I feared I could be turned away for being a geriatric 33-year-old. Being a female in your 30s is a bit perplexing -- you're not so young, you're not so old -- but even beyond that, it's a period of time that seems to be a quieter, less socially-discussed endeavor compared to the decades that sandwich it.When you think of women in their 20s and 40s, it seems easier to define them in intangible terms.