Double standards in dating


Do they state their dating norms with such candor or aplomb? (I can’t tell you how many times women friends have said they couldn’t imagine getting naked in front of a casual acquaintance; it’s tough enough to do so with someone you love.) Leaving that last statement aside for the moment (a different matter), does the old dating double standard still exist when it comes to women?

She was a Man Magnet, and fell in like, in lust, and in love a few times a year.

Then I thought of another friend whose post-divorce dating life was also something of a dizzying series of escapades.

Most of the divorced men I’ve known openly admit – usually with a rakish grin – to a significant number of partners.

These liaisons are classified as fun, filler, “temporarily serious” – and occasionally longer term relationships.

In my experience, guys generally have no issue with saying they were involved with four or (or more) women over the course of a year.

It doesn’t take new math to run the numbers: three, four, five years after divorce – and the play time has been plentiful.I also know men who have had one or two relationships a year, and that arithmetic yields a less lip-pursing response. What if they fess up to four or six affairs a year? I might add that the women I know – particularly as they get older – are more interested in a relationship than a fling, in part because of aging bodies.


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