At what point does the age difference become scandalous? Throw out the obvious examples as outliers. The late Anthony Quinn was 81 when he impregnated a year-old. The late Tony Randall was 75 when he married his year-old wife. Playboy founder Hugh Heffner has several girlfriends, most of them half a century his junior.
Age is what it is. For one thing, most people do not want their relationship to be the equivalent of gossip tabloid fodder among their own social circles.
A date I recently went on showed the woman to be intelligent, sweet, accomplished, and attractive. We both suspected the age difference might be significant, but avoided the topic for as long as possible.
Yet denying reality serves no purpose. She thought I Socially acceptable dating age range 36 I was hoping she was in her late twenties. Five years is one thing. Even ten years one can start rationalizing. Yet 18 years is a tough one to justify. Having said that, a guy at 41 squiring a woman of 23 is far more controversial than a year-old man dating a year-old woman. There is an unofficial rule that exists, even though nobody seems to know where it originated.
This leads Socially acceptable dating age range 36 some reasonable results. A year-old should date somebody at least A year-old should stick with someone at least For somebody aged 70, the bottom limit of respectability is The problem with this is that unofficial guidelines are exactly that.
So if 40 and 27 are acceptable, one could say that 41 and 26 are close enough. Yet soon after that, the slippery slope becomes 44 and 24, which can lead to Lolita situations and other felonies.
Some may ask another question. If a man is 40, is dating a pair of year-olds equivalent to dating one year-old? From a respectability standpoint, no. From a brag and go high-five your friends standpoint, yes. If the man is a billionaire, it comes with the territory.
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. When one is a septuagenarian billionaire, what else is there to do? Being a billionaire is not the real world, and even billionaires occasionally face consequences. Berlusconi has been accused of having sex with a woman Socially acceptable dating age range 36 the legal age of consent.
That is rape in any language and has nothing to do with dating. In the real world of dating, there are few actual rules. Yet societal norms still exist. Half by seven may only be a guideline, but it is a useful one. Click here for reprint permission. Click to Read More and View Comments. Home Communities Archives Dating and the age gap: When is older too old?
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“Socially speaking in the western world, women have been granted liberty to like a rule that makes them feel it is acceptable to date younger. The social rule defining the youngest age one may date without it being be too young for Donald, so she reverses the half-your-age-plus-seven rule (36).
that she will be before her relationship with Frank will be socially acceptable.
The lower limit on the age of a potential partner for a person over 14, by socially. What is the acceptable minimum age for your own (and others') dating partners? own age by two and then adding seven you can find the socially-acceptable the max and min age ranges defined by the half-your-age-plus-7 rule.
So a 25 year old woman's max age for a man would be 36 - that sounds acceptable.