Is Dating Younger Men the New Trend for Women?

Feminista Jones writes at Ebony that maybe women should give younger men a chance -- like Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey have done.

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Feminista Jones writes at Ebony that there seems to be a trend developing of women dating younger men. Just look at Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey.

The AARP conducted a study that showed 34% of women over age 40 have dated younger men, and 35% preferred it to dating older men. In the last decade, we have seen an increase in the pairings between older women and younger men, and in the actual age gaps as well, which begs the question: Are younger men where older, single Black women should focus their attention?

On the surface, Black women (35+ especially) find ourselves single at what seem to be higher rates than women of other races and ethnicities. In the past few years, there have been several infamous articles about the state of Black women and relationships, asking why so many Black women are single, or why we won’t date outside of our race to avoid being single. However true or untrue, all this ink makes our social lives and dating potential sound incredibly bleak.

Read Feminista Jones's entire piece at Ebony.

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