However, their age difference could not compensate for my father's insecurity over being with someone who had achieved more academically and professionally than he had.This revelation soured me against dating any man who was more than a few years older. Last year, after a hiatus from online dating, I decided to return.
Such mansplaining is one of the many reasons I don't want to date significantly older men.
While sexism knows no age barrier, in my experience, the older men I've met are far less likely to treat me as an equal.
While I did get some messages from men closer to my own age, they were in the minority.
When I actively searched profiles of men in their early- and mid-thirties, I noticed that many specified that they preferred women in their twenties.
(And though he constantly disparaged her for it while they were together, he also grudgingly admitted he chose her for “school smarts", too).