Dating older men and women
Such mansplaining is one of the many reasons I don't want to date significantly older men.
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 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.
A few men didn't listen, but I managed to weed out most of them.
Shortly after I completed college, my dad confided in me that he had never loved my mother.
When I asked why he married her, he told me it was because he was ready to have a kid and she was young and pretty - and if he had a daughter, he wanted her to be pretty, too.
I met Bob at a restaurant on a summer afternoon in 2014.
I was enjoying a glass of white wine and sharing an entree with a good friend when he sat down next to us at the bar.