According to a recent AARP poll, one-sixth of women in their 50s, in fact, prefer men in their 40s.It's not what you think -- the stamina or "re-boot" ability of the younger male.“She’s just a unique woman, and there’s nobody like her,” Angal says.Siegner says they bring out the best in each other.When they began a romantic relationship in 2006, they faced judgment from family and friends.“There were a lot of the ‘boy toy’ remarks, and I will say it mostly came from men my age — there’s a threatening aspect to a woman dating a younger man,” she says.
Tessina, Ph D, a licensed family therapist in practice in Long Beach, Calif., and author of The Unofficial Guide to Dating Again, tells Web MD.
For their part, the men like the sophistication and life success of their older mates, she explains.
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.
“Everybody thought this was a little phase, that I was just having a crisis.” But friends and family came around to accepting the couple after they’d been dating for a year and it became clear that Sutherland had serious intentions.
In April 2010, they had an intimate beachside wedding in Hawaii, and they now have a 6-year-old son, Marek.