French rule for dating younger women
So the ripe old age of 14 -- the age when you still have pimples, are as insecure as can be and are unlikely to get anything more than a kiss from a woman your own age -- is the only time when you can enjoy dating a woman your own age? Add seven to that, so you can date a 12-year-old -- an older woman"?
What about if your 10-year-old looks at you and says, "I'm ready to date, Dad"? There is so much a 12-year-old can teach a 10-year-old -- advanced coloring, advanced texting, and so many other important life skills. You're 20 years old and, under this rule, you can date a 17-year-old. There you are in college, and you get to go back to high school again to find a girlfriend.
Shock: Lucy Wadham was outraged to discover her now ex French husband's circle of friends frequently had sex with each other I counted four of them.
I'd been vaguely aware that these women were going to be at my wedding.
If we graduated without a future husband in tow, the men in our class would forgo us for younger, dumber women.
She advised we start the search as early into college as possible. If he was sour over being stuck with a crusty upperclassman like me, he didn’t show it.
So that’s what this column, Undressed, is about: gender, social norms, dating rules — and what happens when we break them.
As the only straight woman within reach, I soon became the de facto dating consultant for my male friends, despite my waning expertise.
They were even more eager to pick my brain on all things female when I started working as an engineer and data scientist at Ok Cupid, where I analyzed data from millions of daters to get a sense of the “correct” way to date for men, women, and everyone in between.
What is the acceptable minimum age for your own (and others’) dating partners?
When this question comes up in conversation, someone inevitably cites the “half your age plus seven” rule.