You're only as young as the person you are fucking.
For one thing, it goes against the norm. The romantic norm is two lovers of the same age. The practical norm is an older man with a younger woman. In popular movies, the practical norm is almost as prevalent as the romantic norm. You have to see an age gap spread as far as an acrobat’s knees to elicit comment. The romantic norm is the default setting.
My preferred ratio is me, an older woman, with a younger man. I am no XY Wooderson; I get older but they don’t stay the same age. My age gap has been fairly static for the past twenty years, give or take the odd lover two decades younger: it’s a standard eight-to-ten years. It’s not such a large gap that I have to explain who Robert Altman was, but it’s not too small for libidinal juiciness.
Let us then talk of younger men.