Geplaatst in Personal

Gender Equality

After thousands of years of male dominance, we now stand at the beginning of a turning point. Real strides have been made in western civilization, but there’s a whole lot left to accomplish before we can say gender equality has been reached.

Mass media plays a crucial role in influencing people’s mind. It still use gender stereotypes, basing on the assumption, that they are well known to everyone and help the receivers to understand the content of the message.

I would like to take a closer look at physical appearance and physical performance of men and women.

According to the so-called “double standard of aging” women have a shorter shelf life than men. We all know the assumption that ‘Men age like a fine wine, while women age like a glass of milk.’ Too often women are judged by their physical attractiveness whereas men’s are valued on their labor income. Youthful beauty fades with age while earnings potential and achievement increase as men age. Older men are viewed more attractive and desirable than older women, a perception that can have a negative impact on women. When it comes to aging, by and large, women are treated with a lack of respect verging on cruelty. Often “aging” is used as insult. That why it’s so important to disprove the assumption and speak out against sexism and ageism.

For a long time people thought that only female fertility is affected by age. It turns out men also have to worry about their biological clocks. Maybe his clock does not tick with an alarm signal like the one that ends woman’s child-birthing years, but it sure ticks. The quality of a man’s sperm decreases as a man ages, it takes longer for his partner to get pregnant. Moreover the children of older fathers are at greater risk of autism, mental health problems and learning difficulties. Men might not have their ovaries rattling, but there are also risks for older would-be dads.

Romantic attraction is a complicated thing. For whatever reason younger women tend to seek for older men, while older men prefer younger women. As women grow older their option in the dating market narrow. We all age, except in a different way. It’s no competition. “Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” It all depends on so many factors.

A really important factor is, how you take care of your inner and outer self. There is no argument about the fact that women spend a lot more time, effort, and money on their appearance than men do. We all know older men who badly need a top rated ear, nose and eyebrow trimmer to tame their facial hair beast. It’s time we stop viewing older women’s appearance more harshly than the appearance of older men.

For centuries, the fact was that the sex act was pleasurable only for the male, while for females pleasure was simply unimportant. The role of women in the sex act itself was more passive. Recently more and more women speak up for them selfs and verbalize their feelings and act out on what they like to get in bed. Women dating younger men is a growing trend among single midlife and older women. It makes perfect sense. Women peak in their 40s, sexually, and men in their very late teens. Not to mention the difference in physical appearance and performance of younger men. Unfortunately Mr. Happy gets older, too.

Conclusion: if we start judging men by their physical attractiveness and performance we need to reconsider if men stay just as desirable as women. -by Bregje

Note: It goes without saying that this does not represent all men and women. In order to make my point I had to generalize and exaggerate a bit.

Geplaatst in New York

Age differents

It is striking to see the amount of couples around here having this huge age gap. I am not talking about a few years but more like several decennia. The other day I was walking behind this lady in her late 50’s and her way younger boyfriend in his 30’s. A cougar or m.i.l.f. with her toy boy as they would been called.

I catch myself on having a bias based on my own sociocultural perspective.I have that same feeling when I see an older man with a girl of his daughters age or with a gay couple with an enormous age gap. I even have this feeling when I see a tall woman with a shorter man. It’s their life’s and in no way it affects me, but still this feeling comes over me. It’s kind of weird to realize that you don’t agree on your own prejudices thoughts.

The other day I also met two elderly gay men, both being engaged with younger man. I am talking about men in their 80’s dating guys in their 40’s. Gay age gaps like that are nothing new and are much more common compared to straight relationships. Like Oscar Wilde, he was 36 when he became involved with the 22-year-old Lord Alfred Douglas.

I did a bit of research on this topic, it intrigues me. Nothing based on facts, but just by browsing the Internet. Why would someone date someone else half their age? I read somewhere: ‘we don’t look at age per se, instead we think of life stage. We also consider shared core values, background, lifestyle, goals, personality and attraction.’ I find that hard to believe. When there is a huge age gap how can you share the same goals and core values. Look at the core values of your parents and your own even though they raised you. There will always be this generation gap. And what about the assumption that the attraction is either based on a mutually satisfactory financial agreement, a daddy/ mommy fetish or a mid-life crisis.

Myself, I rather have a relationship or affair with a man about my own age in the same stage of life. But that’s what I prefer. I do understand all the obvious reasons to date a younger man but that just does not suit me.
Or maybe I do have to get my cards out and consider to find myself a toy boy. You never know after all….- by Bregje