I know many brilliant, mature people who aren’t old enough to rent a car.
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.
If you dismiss people because of their personalities or because you’re on some kind of baby-making timetable, fine, fair enough.
But if you’re not into someone because of the arbitrary time in which their parents created them—well, more tasty imperfect flesh for the rest of us.
A date I recently went on showed the woman to be intelligent, sweet, accomplished, and attractive. In fact, the entire point of becoming a billionaire is for men to be unbound by the rules of everyday life that constrain the rest of us.
We both suspected the age difference might be significant, but avoided the topic for as long as possible. Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi threw “bunga bunga” parties while in office.
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?
" except for aging pageant queens and John Mellencamp. I know this because I once worked with a 42-year-old man who was skipping his daughter’s birthday because "she’ll have one every year, but you never know when they’re going to shut down Burning Man for good."True, another factor is judgment from other people, who may see a 44-year-old going to dinner with a 25-year-old and make judgments about which one of them is drowning in student loan debt.
For every person saying “just go for it and be happy,” there are realistic considerations. Yet soon after that, the slippery slope becomes 44 and 24, which can lead to Lolita situations and other felonies. If a man is 40, is dating a pair of 20-year-olds equivalent to dating one 40-year-old? From a brag and go high-five your friends standpoint, yes.
For one thing, most people do not want their relationship to be the equivalent of gossip tabloid fodder among their own social circles. If the man is a billionaire, it comes with the territory.
In the real world of dating, there are few actual rules. Half by seven may only be a guideline, but it is a useful one.
Besides, it offers more valuable insight than the alternative, which is to shrug the shoulders and ask, “Who the heck knows?
Berlusconi has been accused of having sex with a woman under the legal age of consent.