“My boyfriend is closer to my dad’s age than he is to mine,” says Sarah, 27.
We like going out and doing things, so you better be ready to get that ass moving! So basically, if you don't like going out and getting drunk at the club or hitting some wack-ass music festival, maybe don't date a 20-something. Remember that she's not looking for a sugar daddy.“Not all of us are financially helpless.We're looking for a life partner, not a father figure," 35-year old Ahna says, echoing every other independent woman out there.9.When the time comes to meet the parents, be super chill.“One of the first times we were out at a bar together, the male bartender hit on me when my date went to the bathroom.He leaned in and said, ‘I know he has more money than I do, but I can do things to you that he’s too old for if you know what I mean.’ "I was so angry that I couldn’t speak."I'll put some Doobie Brother on, of course you remember the Doobie Brothers, Phil! And "it's almost 9.30, time you were off to bed old fella".THE PERSON, NOT THE AGEI once said it's the person, not the age, I love and was told, quite heatedly, that "she wouldn't be the same person" if she wasn't younger."He acknowledged the elephant in the room by cracking a joke with my dad about a sports championship they were both alive for that I was obviously not, and from there the meeting went much more smoothly.We know that it’s going to be strange to meet our folks, but we appreciate anything you can do to lighten the mood without overcompensating.” 10. When people see a couple with a significant age difference, they “I was prepared for the typical challenges you face when you’re a younger woman dating an older man, but nothing could have prepped me for the judgements that strangers felt they had the right to make about my boyfriend and I to both of our faces,” says Jasmine, 26.But to experience the firm resistance to nudging up against one of society's lighter taboos, I can't imagine what it must be like to break a biggie. With more than 25 years in Australian media, Phil Barker has edited NW and Woman's Day magazines, and published such titles as Vogue, GQ, Delicious, Inside Out and Donna Hay.I'm very glad I'm just an old dude, not a gay cowboy.