Hollywood continues to be famous for younger women dating and marrying older men. Are Calista Flockhart, Evan Rachel Wood and Catherine Zeta-Jones on to something? We know they're cute and all--but what's the real appeal? We asked momlogic marriage and family therapist Shannon Fox why young beauties hook up with their daddies older men.
1. Financial security: There are many things that an older man can provide for a woman that a younger man can't. By nature women tend to crave security in their relationships and in actuality, older men usually do provide more financial security. A date with a peer most likely means going dutch. A date with someone older most likely means he's paying. It's also likely that the location will be nicer, there may be gifts involved and travel that would be difficult for a younger man to manage.
2. Emotional stability: Older men have had more life experience. They are better equipped to deal with emotional issues. And, they have finished sowing their wild oats so it's easier to feel secure that they're ready to settle down.
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It's the difference between dating a "guy" and a "Man." Younger men's priorities are different. They may want to go out and drink beers with the guys. Older men are more sophisticated and cultured. It's attractive when a man knows how to enjoy a fine wine.
4. The Daddy complex: This isn't always true, but it's true often enough to earn a title. Either women are really attached to their fathers or daddy doted on them and they are looking to find a replacement for that. Or they had an absent father with no male role model in their lives. So, when a strong father figure steps in, that void is finally filled.
5. Power: Men with power are more attractive. Many times these relationships stem from men being in a more powerful position than the woman. It's often bosses and employees, students and teachers, or people in care-taking positions--an attorney, business manager or financial adviser--who are able to "take care of things" for her. He's showing her that he can manage a difficult situation or get her out of a bind. Also, she can be flattered that a man in his position chooses her.