As with Bob, anytime I responded to the older men online, thanking them for their interest and reiterating my age-range preference (which clearly specified 31 to 42), I was offered a patronizing lecture on the value of an open mind and a laundry list of reasons they are young at heart, complete with winking references to their still-spry sexual prowess.
I was also inundated with examples of famous couples with large age differences, in case I didn't know them.
Shortly after I completed college, my dad confided in me that he had never loved my mother.
When I told him I was a writer, he became intrigued.
Dating much younger women seems to stem from these men's unhealthy and unrealistic obsession with youth – perhaps a way to stave off fears of their own mortality.