Im dating man 20 years older

He made the nurses giggle with slurred jokes about Snapchatting his experience in the endoscopy ward—funny, because Jack's never used Snapchat.“He’s such a hoot! Ten years ago, I couldn't have imagined settling down with a man 20 years my senior, “hoot” or not.

There’s the biannual colonoscopy to sit through, because at 52, Jack’s at that point in life.

So the implication that falling for Jack could have been a ploy by my subconscious to secure a daddy figure who’d make life My raised hackles are to be expected, sociologists say.

Although society is trending toward greater acceptance of individual choice, there still exists the idea that by marrying older, a woman has turned against her gender (i.e., she’s perpetuating the fallacy that men should be providers while a woman’s value is as a trophy).

It’s not that these women are sexualizing their dads, but the things that a dad represents.” Initially, Jack represented nothing for me but a job.

When we met eight years ago, I waited on his table at a fancy restaurant in a small New Jersey town.

With more than 40 percent of American breadwinners now female, I'd argue we're looking at the rise of the sugar momma.

Harder for me to write off, according to scientists, is another unflattering explanation for May-December romances: the dreaded daddy-issues theory.

I can see how, on paper, the power dynamics of my relationship look ripe for judgement. In addition to his lumberjack good looks, I attracted to Jack’s intellectual potency, his worldliness, and the unwavering way he protects the things he loves—all idealized “daddy” qualities (albeit ones I’d also find attractive in a 20-something).One friend told me he’d lost all respect for me when I committed to someone so far my senior.And when Jack and I married three years ago, acquaintances placed bets on how long it would last.“It’s a paradox,” Schwartz says.“The short answer is ‘yes,’” says Pepper Schwartz, Ph.D., AARP's love and relationship expert and best-selling author of .

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