Marrying An Older Woman
When Ashton Kutcher, 33, married Demi Moore, 48, in September of 2005, tongues started to wag. Moore has always been a favorite among men, and Ashton has never ached for female companionship. The two settled into what looked like domestic bliss with Demi tweeting love notes to her leading man and Ashton bragging about the perks of watching his super-fit wife wash his bike in a bikini. Six years later, the genetically blessed couple are making headlines with rumors of infidelity and divorce threats swirling. Still, some are blaming something less controllable than keeping ones pants above their ankles: their 15-year age gap.
While Men have long enjoyed lasting May-December romances (you’re a lucky bastard Michael Douglas) women are only now starting to pluck the fruit from the generations behind them. In fact, a mere 5.4 percent of women are five years older than their husbands and 1.3 percent are 10 years older. Then there is Madonna, a woman who keeps an average 20 years between herself and her men.
This got us thinking: When it comes to marriage, is age really just a number?
The answer seems to depend on the gender.
Researchers in England found that couples where the wife is five years older are three times more likely to end in divorce than couples in the same age range. Identifying the reasons behind the splits is tricky. While it’s easy to blame a woman’s insecurity surrounding aging and call it a day, the reality is that younger men can often frustrated a more mature woman with their less-than-grown-up-habits. Going easy on the video games and texting in full sentences is a small price to pay when you consider that being with you might actually be the death of her. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Germany found that women who marry men seven to nine years younger increase their mortality rate by 20%!
While we aren’t in the business of promoting situations that are going to push you into the grave before your time, we here at Staggered are a romantic and open-minded bunch and we think marrying a woman you have a lot in common with and want to chase around the house is a good idea–whatever her age.
What Do You Think of Older Women Marrying Younger Men?