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Scarlett Johansson Dating Sean Penn

Older Men May Get Younger Women, but They Also Get the Stigma

After allegedly attending Reese Witherspoon's wedding together this weekend, the Scarlett Johansson and Sean Penn rumors are all but confirmed.

Our first reaction is to grimace at the idea of the June-September romance. But the thing about age differences in relationships is men may get the young, pretty women, but they bear the brunt of the gossip and damage to reputations.

The cougar phenomena — and pop cultural myth — aside, older women dating younger men may be the subject of gossip, but it's more "good for her" chatter (albeit with mixed levels of sincerity). There's next to no catty press about the 15-year age difference between Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher anymore — maybe we've had time to adjust? Or maybe the 24-year difference between Sean and Scarlett is just too salacious? Would it be if the genders were reversed, and a 50-year-old woman was dating a 26-year-old man?

Well, yes, it probably would, but the woman would also be seen as more of an inspiration and less a predator. Not a judgment, just an observation!

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Poems15342763 Poems15342763 3 years
In a world which has become accustomed to same with same, how could it be that we to judge love when age is not the same. Is it more that we lack enough love ourselves that for judgement of those who find it, we should need find reason in order to condemn it. Good for they, I hope they do better, than the most that don't.
dikke-kus dikke-kus 6 years
Oh my God. Legs like a Donkey? I am laughing my a** off. This thing with Scarlett might be like a rebound. He was only divorced last year right? I don't think he wanted that divorce according to what I read. Didn't he leave Madonna for Ms Robin Wright? She was the love of his life. This stuff with new women and or dating movie stars will be going on for a while. I don't think he's picking dates according to age though. He would probably date any age. Scarlett is pretty but Robin was beautiful. I thought Robin Wright sort of looked like Julie Christie.
atraditionalist atraditionalist 6 years
also just a note: i met scarlett johansson once and i can't stand her. She was extremely rude to my friend and i even though my friend's dad owned the property that she was standing on to watch her boyfriend film his movie. (not sean penn) Also she looks different in person-we didn't even recognize her until someone called her scarlett. Legs like a donkey. I can't stand her (in case no one could tell)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
atraditionalist atraditionalist 6 years
well aloha mr hand. hahaha i will always think of sean penn as jeff spicolli. That being said I never heard of it being shameful for the man to date a younger woman. Wasn't that the whole reason people were all excited for ashton and demi: becasue finally we could (to an extent since i agree with anon 5 and ideaoforder) date younger too? That being said ,I would love to meet an older man because the guys my age or even a couple years older than me act like 14 year olds (although i'm sure some older men do too!). While I also get that most men inside can be little boys I think some older men are better at hiding it than guys my own age. Like someone said: it's the person not the age. But I'd really like to meet someone who is emotionally mature lol
simplystella simplystella 6 years
I don't that the age difference is what makes people go "ew, gross" when they think about these two as a couple. I think it really has to do with the fact that she is young and reasonably hot, while he's.. well, Sean Penn.
IdeaOfOrder IdeaOfOrder 6 years
I agree with anon 5. I don't usually hear the term cougar being used in a positive light. It's generally used to reference a woman that is older, desperate and looking to cling to youth via some younger guy. Think Madonna or Linda Hogan.. both have dated younger guys and the message in the press has not been "good job, atta girl." I've dated a man 20+ years older than me (more than one actually) and he was great. Don't believe in dating based on age, but it sometimes matters in terms of commonality which is important in any relationship.
DecemberBaby DecemberBaby 6 years
Maybe I'm just the weirdo in the bunch because I'm 20 years old and I would leap at the chance to be in ScarJo's shoes right now! I've always had a thing for Sean Penn but that's beside the point! As cliche as it is, age really is just a number. In my opinion, it's really shallow to think otherwise. There are way more important things to consider when entering a relationship with someone than how long they've been on the planet.
katialoves katialoves 6 years
well anon, people dont usually think twice about a relationship like yours. its when the guy is like more than 20 years her senior or the woman is more than 5-10 years older than her male mate
jazzytummy jazzytummy 6 years
From Ryan Reynolds to that...okaayy.....
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