Fifteen years ago, I was running an ad agency, and we were asked to pitch for an online dating site.
To prepare, all of us on the team had to create a profile.
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In fact, because I don’t give a damn what anybody thinks and because I think I look great naked, I’m secure enough to focus instead on making my partners feel good about themselves. I remember one man I dated — 20 years old, gorgeous, body of a Greek god — sitting on the side of the bed one morning as I complimented him, saying to me shyly, “You make me feel really sexy.” People looking for love could benefit from operating on my principles of approach to sexual relationships.
“Nice person” isn’t always the most important thing on people’s soul-mate checklists — but it should be.
Yes, the sex is great, and the six-pack abs are nice, but what I also get out of my approach to dating is meeting men I admire and respect.
One day recently, Alexandra Tweten was browsing Facebook when a woman she knew posted a screenshot of a recent exchange she’d had on Ok Cupid.“I want to message you, but I’m afraid,” the man said.
The woman didn't respond for 12 hours, after which the man followed up with one word: "Asshole."As these things often do, the missive prompted a piling on of similar tales of inscrutably weird or profoundly rude dating messages.
Older woman, younger man — somehow deemed socially unacceptable.
I’ve dated younger men who were terrified their friends and family would find out, but I’ve also dated younger men who see nothing wrong with it, and have been happy to be out with me (and matter-of-factly correct any mistaken impressions that I’m with my son).
I believe everyone should be free to design the relationship model that works for them — and for me that’s dating younger men. I respond to maybe one percent of all the approaches I get.