I date much younger men

"Am I Normal?": A 50-year-old woman feels "guilty" about her exclusive taste for guys between the ages of 19 and 35


Tracy Clark-Flory
March 9, 2012 6:00AM (UTC)
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I'm a 50-year-old woman, in good health and attractive, I think. I have remained single after I divorced the father of my children almost 10 years ago, and the truth is that I haven't had one meaningful relationship since. I'm still sexually active, though, and I have to add that my sex life may be somewhat racy at times, but I make no apologies for it, nor do I try to lead a secret existence beyond what's normally expected to be private.

I don't think there's anything wrong with what I've said so far, except for the fact that I date and have sex with men who are significantly younger than me. I'm talking about ages 19 up to 35, more or less. I feel extremely conflicted about this. I realize that my chances of having a romantic relationship with younger men are not so simple, and the old adage that "age is just a number" may suit men more than women due to expiration date on beauty and fertility. However, I cannot get myself attracted to men my age or even slightly younger. I've tried dating some, but I can't get past that.

With younger men, on the other hand, everything flows perfectly when it comes to sex. Some of these young men may provide a little more than others in terms of intimacy, but I don't expect it in general. What I do expect is certain sexual satisfaction, and so far things have worked out relatively well. I consider myself extremely lucky that younger men still find me attractive, so I have no problems in finding takers for...

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