The only reason a guy is obligated to pay for a woman’s dinner in this day and age is because it’s his turn, it’s her birthday, or because he’s a maître d’ who spilled something on her.
Women who feel otherwise are the reason we get paid 89 cents to their dollar.
But I realize that I’m a young(ish) woman, and biology is a factor, sure.
We still live in an age where men get to age like credenzas, and women like unrefrigerated dairy.
Given the opportunity, your friends and strangers will judge you for being out with somebody who is too fat, too thin, to short, too Asian, too a stripper, whatever.
It is up to you to be mutually happy with the person you date.
From a sexual attraction standpoint, I challenge you to stand me shirtless next to Sophia Loren in Look, Steely Dan probably couldn’t talk at all to "Hey Nineteen" because they admittedly had "nothing in common." Not because she was too young to name an Aretha Franklin song (which, like, come ON, Steely Dan); the idea that people are what pop culture references they know reduces falling in love to trading trivia. A lot of women have told me they won’t date younger men because of maturity issues, and that’s probably where the idea of a prohibitive "age gap" comes into play for a lot of people.
As anybody who’s ever had to play "What are your top five favorite movies? A fantastic woman several years my senior recently told me I should only date older men, because even though I’m 28, "being in your twenties is a form of functional retardation." I think there’s a grain of truth there, if only because I don’t know anybody who looks back and thinks, "Man, how awesome was I in my twenties?
Forget about other people, money, and the looming specter of death. If we start writing people off based on this completely arbitrary Z-factor, we’re really going to end up forcing a lot of conversation with a lot of boring, age-appropriate dullards.
I think that if you meet somebody you like and are attracted to, you meet somebody you like and are attracted to.
Go out with people because you want to be naked with them and still hang out with them after.
Sure, a lot of compatibility is being at the same place in your life and liking the same things.
Admittedly, I prefer older guys, only because they tend to be fully fused, like a human skull.