Ah, Young Love

Amanda’s picking apart our trusty MSN advice columns again. This time, MSN is trying to aid those poor, poor middle-aged men seeking 18-year-old sweethearts.

Poor, poor boys.

William, 45, has always dated younger women. It was only recently, however, that he detected a pattern in those relationships. “I end up raising them — helping them solve their problems, grow up and expand their horizons,” he says.

Indeed, it is a lot of work helping your love select what college she wants to go to, especially if that means she might be moving away.

On the most obvious level, there’s that fun, young energy they have. There’s naiveté, which can be attractive when compared with the cynicism of some older women.

Remember how your ex-wife used to correct you when you made mistakes? “Oh no, honey, that’s not Cary Grant, that’s William Holden.” Cynical bitch. When you’re dating Bambi, you can tell her the moon is made of green cheese and she’ll believe you. Not only is that ego-boosting, but it’s entertaining.

All of these things, though mutually beneficial for a while, eventually wear thin for most women.

“If the relationship is… based on the man being a sort of father or mentor figure, problems can – and likely will – arise once [the younger woman] really begins to grow and come into her own,” Masini notes. “Even for couples where there is little-to-no age discrepancy, people often grow in different directions, leading to the dissolution of the relationship.”

That and your young love starts whining that boys her age don’t need Viagra and don’t want to be called “Daddy” in bed.


I’m totally going out and picking up an 18-year-old hottie…. The sex would be fantastic. Problem is… what, exactly, do you *talk* about? Hell, I won’t date 33-year-old men who have nothing to say. Where’s the *real* erotic tension?

What’s the Ray Bradbury quote – “All the women in my life have been librarians, English teachers or booksellers. If they couldn’t point the way to Usher and Ox, it was a no go. I have always longed for education, and pillow talk’s the best.”

I want to see an MSN advice column on how men should look for intelligence in their long-term partners. Funny. You probably *will* see an advice column like that – only it’ll be pointed toward a female audience, and tell those fickle women not to be so picky.

Get me a boy and book.

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