The thought of being intimate with him repulsed me.
After all, if he looked so unappealing in his clothes, what on earth would he look like naked?
Why don’t older men think the same rules apply to them? Older men don’t seem to know how to conduct themselves around women. They don’t know whether they should pay for your dinner, or whether it’s OK to compliment you on your legs. They have made it tricky for me to find older chaps attractive, and believe me, I have tried. I saw him for dinner a few times until it became apparent that he wanted to take things to the next level: the bedroom.
Men under 30 neither know nor care about such ‘rules’. But I didn’t — not least because he reminded me so much of an ex-partner that it made me uneasy.
We’d been introduced by a mutual friend who thought we would be a good match.
Jerry was a wealthy, highly successful, intelligent, divorced chap who worked in the film industry.
While I could easily disregard the vitriolic views of strangers, many of whom I suspected were merely jealous or prudish, I did feel it would be sensible to put my experiences in perspective by dating some older men. Yet, as the conversation steered predictably down the safe avenues of favourite films and actors he’d worked with, my mind wandered back to those playful exchanges I’d enjoyed with one of my favourite younger chaps, during our wonderful sexy afternoons. Had my flings with younger guys led to me to set the bar unrealistically high?
Of course a paunchy man fast approaching his 70th birthday will not compare favourably with a 23-year-old young stud.
My pet hate is the man in a trainspotter-style anorak, with a pot belly boldly protruding over his trouser belt. You wouldn’t get blokes like that in France or Italy. But that does not wash in a modern society filled with strong, independent women.
Mature women nowadays are all too aware of the importance of taking care of the face, hair and body, and of dressing well in order to hold the interest of the opposite sex. The balance of power has shifted and this seems to confuse a lot of 55-plus men, even the successful ones. Those cute, fit young guys I encountered during my wild year of online dating are for ever etched in my mind.
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