Back in October, Mose Znaimer invited me to come and speak at the Zoomer Life Conference. I though that this was the perfect opportunity to talk about a subject I have been curious about for a long time – How is is that older women are perpetually sold this idea that they have no value on the dating market? You can see the video of that talk here.
I tell my students that a good writer always keeps their audience in mind, and that when they write a paper in my class that audience is me. So, I have to wonder what was going through the head of one of my students last week when he submitted a paper with the line: “A woman over the age of forty looking for a mate is called a ‘cougar.'” Besides the fact that he doesn’t seem to have that definition quite right (and that the remark was random and unrelated to his topic) this comment did make me think about age and relationships. My own experience is that age matters and the evidence suggest that when it comes to marital stability differences in age can have large effects.