Older men dating younger boys
The first woman I ever fell in love with was 20 years older than me.
Her name was Judith and she worked as a matron at my boarding school.
I found her poise and strength of character extremely sexy and attractive, although I did worry about how she would deal with my straitened circumstances as an out-of-work actor.
The loosening of gender roles means more equality when it comes to choosing a partner.
Here was a woman old enough to be my mother tearing a hole in my heart.
All the boys were in love with Judith, but she and I had a special connection, or so I surmised from her flirty glances.
The ubiquity of older women dating younger men in the media over the past 20 years has demystified what was once considered a taboo, says Innes Smith.
Pictured: Joan Collins, whose fifth husband Percy Gibson is more than 30 years her junior My struggle with rejection came not only from my career choice, but from the sorts of women I’d been dating.
They joshed about desperate, predatory cougars, but what they failed to grasp was that her maturity and solvency meant she no longer had to worry about judging men along shallow lines such as bank balance and career status.
She had luscious hair like Agnetha, the blonde singer from Abba, and a smile that could floor a pubescent boy from a hundred paces.
But it wasn’t just her dreamy looks that had me hypnotised.
Girls my own age appeared to take great delight in being flighty and unreliable.
I really wasn’t into the party-girl scene and longed for a bit of stability.