“Design a model that works for you as opposed to imposing a societally approved model of who you are supposed to be.”Dr.Fisher goes further, and sees this as a sign of progress.In my opinion, age has nothing to do with our relationship.In our twenty-five years together, we have never had a serious problem and we are still very happy."—Paolo, 64 "Pat is very special.” A feminist think piece in The Guardian responded to a heavy-on-the-sarcasm column in The Daily Mail that portrayed Mr. Macron to wipe his mouth or give him “a smack” for misbehaving. Macron has been called a “menopausal Barbie” and Mr. “It makes people very uncomfortable to see the gender equation reversed,” she said.“Out there in the world are many, many younger men who would love to date older women, but would never do anything about it because there’s this appalling societal double standard.”As unconventional as the Macrons’ marriage may seem, the pairing of an older woman with a significantly younger man is not a new one (recall Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher or Madonna and Brahim Zaibat), nor is it that uncommon.“We make this assumption that men want all the power,” said Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist and adviser to Match.com, which funded a survey of 5,500 singles in America last year and found that 26 percent of women were open to dating men 10 or more years younger. Men want a companion, and we are seeing the rise of women as intellectual partners, as sexual partners, as soul partners.”Ms.
Take Aaron Taylor-Johnson, 26, who won a Golden Globe this year for his role in “Nocturnal Animals” and stars in the coming movie “The Wall.” Mr.
And magazine insiders may know that Laura Brown, the editor in chief of In Style magazine, dates Brandon Borror-Chappell, a writer and comedian who is 16 years younger.
All of these couples have dealt with a hefty share of scrutiny. Taylor-Johnson told Vulture earlier this year that the attention on his marriage has been “intrusive.” Ms. Gallop, who is 57, said that younger men are able to match her energy levels better than men her age.
The lead-up to the French presidential election has been rife with debates over immigration, terrorism and the European Union, but one nonpolitical factor has fascinated the public in France and abroad: the 24-year age gap between Emmanuel Macron, 39, the candidate who will face off against Marine Le Pen on Sunday, and his wife Brigitte, 64. Macron when he was 15 and she was his teacher, married with three children, at a high school in Amiens, France. Macron asked her to help him rewrite sections of a play. Macron moved to Paris to continue his schooling, he declared, at age 17, that he would one day marry his teacher. The specifics of their love have generated headlines, commentary and opinion pieces around the world.
Granted, the back story to their coupledom is unusual, maybe even by the standards of the French, whose current and past leaders have been embroiled in very public romantic dramas. A Forbes article asked: “Who Is the Older Woman That Could Become France’s First Lady? Macron is gay and in a relationship with the chief executive of Radio France, Mathieu Gallet. Macron dismissed the rumor in February with a joke. Cindy Gallop, a provocative web entrepreneur who has been vocal about her decision to date younger men, points to sexism.