One woman, who is married to a man 14 years younger, said the only time she feels threatened by her age is when she looks in the mirror.

But that fear has forced her to come up with her own solution to the issue. ’ Your answer could be, ‘I’m going to get a facelift.’ My answer is, ‘I’m going to be such a beautiful person inside that it’s going to shine through to the outside,'” she told the magazine.

Fortunately, that’s changing as more older-woman and younger-man couplings make headlines.

Actress Robin Wright, 47, is engaged to fellow actor Ben Foster, 33.

’.” Yet it’s not all cradle snatching and oedipal gloom for older women dating younger men.

In fact, research carried out last summer by Mc Gill University’s Milaine Alarie and Jason Carmichael concludes otherwise.

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

Culturally, the older woman/younger man dynamic is perceived as an oddity, or a fluke.

Why is it still such a sensational topic and what are the perks (and pitfalls) of entering into partnership where age knows no bounds?

And, of course, if you are woman who would like to date a younger man or if you are a man who would like to date an older woman, why wait to meet that special someone? famously proclaimed 2009 as the year of the cougar.

What’s more, the way in which news outlets around the world, included, represented the issue is perhaps more telling of the way older women are perceived by society.

First off, the very word ‘cougar’ is most certainly moot.

The now well-known term wasn’t a reference to the Chinese calendar; rather, it was a bordering-on-crass idiom coined to define 40-plus women with a predilection for younger gentlemen.