The fact that men generally prefer younger, more attractive women is nothing new. Charles Darwin theorized age disparity in sexual relationships as part of his greater, overarching evolutionary theory. In 1871 he examined human evolution and sexual selection in The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, followed by The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (1872). However, when we set aside Darwinian theory, the age gap is tricky in matchmaking and the modern dating culture.
One of the most significant challenges we face in matchmaking is the rigid obsession with age. So many excellent matches never see the light of day because of age stigma.…