A female breadwinner subverts the stereotype that men are supposed to support women. A double standard around aging also plays a role, the sociologists Hernan Vera, Donna H. Older women are not usually viewed as sexual beings, but instead as sexless, maternal figures.

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Through the years many have watched, or already understood their mothers and sisters to have a powerful say in how they regard women.

Though a gender gap most certainly remains, there are many, many more women in positions of leadership, who do not back down from challenges, who compete in many of the same fields as men, and who work side by side with men.

Until the last decade, there have been far less female CEOs or women in high-level managerial positions.

What is also powerfully influential are the ever increasing and empowering lead roles created for women in movies, on TV, and through infinite social media forums.

However, it’s not just the women in these relationships who face social disapproval.

A 2006 study found that both partners faced criticism from friends and family, and some even lied about their age difference to avoid judgment. Because being attracted to an older woman violates social norms.

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?

They have more sex than women with older husbands, according to a study by C. Gagnon cited in gerontologist Sara Katherine Archer’s article.