The much touted idea that women peak sexually in their 30s and men in their teens does not enter into it -- most of these couples are beyond both those age periods.
But what about the notion that men are "hard-wired" to seek a smooth-faced, curvy receptacle for reproduction and thus are drawn to younger women?
It's not what you think -- the stamina or "re-boot" ability of the younger male.
The women like the flexibility and sense of adventure of their more spontaneous, younger companions, Tina B.
Though men have been enjoying May-December romances forever, women haven’t been afforded the same freedom necessarily.
“Since marrying a younger husband deviates from what is regarded as normal, these couples could be regarded as outsiders and receive less social support.
READ MORE: Is monogamy a realistic relationship ideal? While the beginning of their romance is undoubtedly scandalous, it remains unclear why we still find it shocking when an older woman marries a younger man.“Women who are fun-loving and have lots of energy are attracted to younger men because they’re a great match.
The draw is to feel young,” says Nicole Mc Cance, a relationship psychologist in Toronto.
Braving "robbing the cradle" jokes, almost one-third of women between ages 40 and 69 are dating younger men (defined as 10 or more years younger).
According to a recent AARP poll, one-sixth of women in their 50s, in fact, prefer men in their 40s.