But since this assertion comes up fairly frequently I decided to see what I could dig up on the question.If it turns out to be correct that around age 55 or so women feel a sudden urge to no longer be married, this would seem to reinforce those voices calling for an all out marriage strike.One, that younger women are no longer interested in dating men who are even just slightly (3-5 years) older than them and sometimes want to date men 5-10 years younger then them. Alas, the women with whom he wants to get serious are 27-34.Two, women seem to be content in the fact that they are independent and self-sufficient and have a career, family and friends that fulfills them and don’t seem to be interested in truly finding a relationship. This gives men time to court, fall in love, travel together, move in, get engaged, and enjoy a few years of childless marriage before starting a family.
I did some searching around but either there isn’t much written on the topic or I wasn’t using the right search terms.This came up in conversation: How many men over 50 date younger women?I insisted that whatever the stats might show, it would be a large number, and if men had the option, their dating preferences for women 10 or 20 years younger would swell.My own sense on this is that women tend to drop out of the dating market when their options are the slimmest just like men do when their options are slimmest.I also think that the sex specific stigma of terms like probably aren’t “social constructs” as so many assume.
I attempted to find an answer via The Google, seeking the percentage of men in the US who date ten or more years younger; to my surprise, what popped up first were articles on cougar women dating younger men!