Research on the preferences of users of OK Cupid, one of America's most popular dating sites, indicates that "men show a decided preference for younger women, especially as the men get older...
so, even though men and women are more-or-less proportionately represented on the site, men's decided preference for younger women makes for many fewer potential dates for women." The culturally prescribed response to stories like Depp's or that of the OK Cupid data is a knowing nod: Older men chasing young women is a tale as old as time.
If aging guys would commit to doing this, everyone would benefit: older men and younger men, older women and younger women.
This proposal flies in the face of everything we're taught is normal and inevitable.
If there's one tangible thing that men can do to help end sexism—and create a healthier culture in which young people come of age—it's to stop chasing after women young enough to be their biological daughters.
As hyperbolic as it may sound, there are few more powerful actions that men can take to transform the culture than to date, mate, and stay with their approximate chronological peers.
His new girlfriend, actress Amber Heard, just turned 27.By contrast, the contemporary hype about cougars and pumas revolves around smaller age-disparities.