Photograph: Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey at a film premier Source: https://flic.kr/p/5o TDa F " data-medium-file="https://daily.jstor.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/mariah_carey_nick_cannon_1050x700-300x200.jpg" data-large-file="https://daily.jstor.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/mariah_carey_nick_cannon_1050x700-1024x683.jpg" /More women than ever are dating younger men. Even though these relationships are so common that multiple TV shows have been created about them, they continue to be stigmatized.Since the late 1970s, so called “toyboy” relationships—defined as a woman married or cohabiting with a man five years or younger— have nearly tripled in the U. Why are older woman-younger man relationships on the increase, and why are people reluctant to accept them?To be sure, not all cultures stigmatize older woman-younger man relationships.
This headline is typical: “Try-hard Madonna, 55, dresses like a woman half her age as she dines out with toyboy Timor Steffens, 26.” But if such relationships continue to become more common, perhaps criticism of them will fade, making such headlines a thing of the past.
A 2003 survey by AARP found that 34 percent of women over 40 were dating younger men.
According to Coles and his colleague Marco Francesconi, the trend can be attributed to more women getting high-earning jobs.
A man dating an older woman is not only going against societal expectations, but also, supposedly, against biology.
So assumptions are made: That the man must be doing it for the money (“sugar mommy” relationships) or be seeking “mother substitutes on whom they can depend for emotional security,” as Robert O. Wolfe write in 1960’s (quoted in Vera, Berado, and Berado).