How men feel about dating older women

Braving "robbing the cradle" jokes, almost one-third of women between ages 40 and 69 are dating younger men (defined as 10 or more years younger).

According to a recent AARP poll, one-sixth of women in their 50s, in fact, prefer men in their 40s.

Tessina, Ph D, a licensed family therapist in practice in Long Beach, Calif., and author of The Unofficial Guide to Dating Again, tells Web MD.

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I know I am setting myself up for widespread condemnation – but allow me to explain.

Now 67, I am the same age as Ronnie Wood, whose marriage to Sally – a woman three decades younger – featured in the Telegraph yesterday. She has said she wishes she had met me 10 years earlier and wishes, also, that there might have been 10 years fewer difference between us.

Bryony Gordon’s affectionate profile made it look like a happy marriage with no illusions on the bride’s behalf. When she had perhaps drunk a glass of wine too many one evening some years ago, she did admit that she feared being a widow at 60; but it is also true that, before we married, she called me “the nicest boyfriend I have ever had” and, within living memory, she said that she wouldn’t swap me for Brad Pitt. And that is even without my having the obvious, overwhelming attractions of that shrivelled, wizened midget Ronnie Wood.

Fortunately, more women are realizing the flaw in these beliefs.

A recent study shows women are more likely to choose a younger man when dating online.