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While I did get some messages from men closer to my own age, they were in the minority.
When I actively searched profiles of men in their early- and mid-thirties, I noticed that many specified that they preferred women in their twenties.
“I don't think it's your writing he's interested in,” she said.
I thought back to the white-haired gentleman at the bar who was easily old enough to be my father and shook my head. Over the next couple of weeks, Bob sent me several samples of his writing without a trace of any innuendo or flirtation.
However, their age difference could not compensate for my father's insecurity over being with someone who had achieved more academically and professionally than he had.
This revelation soured me against dating any man who was more than a few years older. Last year, after a hiatus from online dating, I decided to return.
While sexism knows no age barrier, in my experience, the older men I've met are far less likely to treat me as an equal.At 33, I found it much harder to meet men than it had been in my early twenties.When I set up a profile on Ok Cupid, I was inundated with messages from men in their late forties, fifties and even some in their sixties.I specified that I would date men in their early thirties to early forties - “no exceptions", I wrote.A few men didn't listen, but I managed to weed out most of them.