Gender equality in the search for younger partners is creating a mating gap in gray love.A 70-year-old woman is looking for a 66-year-old man.And on Match.com, a 50-year-old woman is typically seeking a man who is 48.
Going for the younger guy is perhaps yet another triumph for the women's movement, which has broken down barriers between the sexes and pushed for equal opportunity in all spheres of life.
The change is buttressed by the new biology of aging.
Women, according to calculations based on mortality risk, are five years "younger" than men the same age. On e Harmony.com, men 50 and older are seeking women who are six to 26 years younger.
The 65-year-old woman is the biological equivalent of a 60-year-old man. On Match.com, the average 56-year-old man is looking for a 54-year-old woman.
So it's sensible, not just fanciful, for a woman to look for a younger guy. Seems reasonable, but by the time he reaches 70, he wants a 58-year-old woman.
The 65-year-old man is looking for the 54-year-old woman.