But to experience the firm resistance to nudging up against one of society's lighter taboos, I can't imagine what it must be like to break a biggie. With more than 25 years in Australian media, Phil Barker has edited NW and Woman's Day magazines, and published such titles as Vogue, GQ, Delicious, Inside Out and Donna Hay.
I'm very glad I'm just an old dude, not a gay cowboy. He is owner of a creative events and activations agency and is a regular commentator on the life and style of Australian men.
He had graduated from college two months earlier, so we were both in the workforce fulltime.
Even though Kevin didn't have as much life experience as I did, our daily lives basically looked the same.
"After we prayed, Travis took up the courage and said those exact words! "That's what I had been waiting for." Although many of the questions I receive are from women who are considering whether or not to date a younger man, many of the same principles apply to the decision-making process regardless of who's older.
(For the sake of this article, we'll define an age difference as five years or more.) Here are four things to consider: 1. Leah says one of her biggest concerns when considering a man 10 years younger was whether he had the maturity to understand her needs and take care of her.
Also consider how you get along with the person’s friends, because these people will also be part of your life.
Johanna said she found it a bit awkward to connect with her boyfriend, Paul’s, friends, even though he was only three years younger. I felt removed from their age and current life stage," she says. A friend once told me that the acceptable age difference was half the older person's age plus seven.
I know what you're secretly thinking, because here's a selection of things that have been said to my face. " and "Ew, she could be your daughter," and, "Typical, you're having a mid-life crisis, why didn't you just get a sports car."What has been made disturbingly clear to me, is that if you dare put one foot outside the circle of acceptable, mainstream "normal" behaviour, it really messes with people and they simply can't help tell you about it.
There's no doubt about it, the 20-year gap means we're a living cliche.
Even some 30-something guys I knew didn't seem ready.
But as I observed how he interacted with people at church and did his job, my fears were alleviated.
I can't imagine what it must be like to be a good way outside the circle, like the young "Gay Cowboy", NSW rodeo rider Joshua Goyne, for example.