A common rule of thumb when it comes to dating is that it’s OK to be interested in someone who is half your age, plus seven years.

However, the rise of the "older woman-younger man" relationship has loosened this relationship convention and instead celebrates the age-gap romance.

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In our hearts, if not in our heads, we’re convinced that love will always trump practical concerns such as money, social class, race and even gender. And what about age as it relates to older women involved with younger men?

Though men have been enjoying May-December romances forever, women haven’t been afforded the same freedom necessarily.

And then there’s also the concern about one’s looks.

Despite the nice summer evening, all I wanted to do was go home.

But there I was, standing amongst a crowd of people feeling slightly alien.

Forward a few hours later, and I'm dancing with a guy who not only could dance but had such a beautiful smile, he made me stay longer. I could deal with three to eight years younger but 10 plus was a big age gap for my conservative, borderline militant ideas about love.

I didn't think anything of it, except that he had something about him I really liked. I'm an open-minded person living in an open society so was quite surprised by my own thinking, but there you go.

I guess I bought into the idea that it is only men who have younger partners. But do you know when you have a feeling that somehow you have just connected with another person?

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