Monday, 20 July 2009

Follies of age

How embarrassing it must be for young women who get brazen advances from ageing males they find utterly unattractive.

I can't imagine why balding, pot-bellied, flabby, wrinkled old guys think they have some sort of appeal to women decades younger who naturally gravitate to lean young men of a similar age.

I wouldn't think for a second that my 62-year-old body is of any interest to a twenty-something female, yet how many times have I seen lecherous old goats pestering some nubile partygoer as if they were in with a chance.

And often of course they have wives or partners who've been witnessing their inappropriate approaches for many years - that is, if they haven't experienced it once too often and called it a day.

Film-makers fuel this syndrome by depicting the most unlikely matches between gorgeous young women and raddled Casanovas long past their prime. The women could clearly snag any number of handsome young charmers with a click of their fingers, yet miraculously they've fallen for the older guy. Pull the other one, it's got bells on.

Some put it down to the male menopause - ageing blokes who are suddenly nostalgic for their horny youth and try to recreate it with the office temp. I don't think it's that at all. I think they honestly believe they're still dynamite between the sheets and will leave any bedmate gasping for more. They cling stubbornly to this absurd delusion despite all evidence to the contrary.

It's excruciating watching some squirming victim trying desperately to get away and indicate her total lack of interest. Just what does a woman have to do to explain the obvious to Mr Never-Gives-Up?

19 comments:

Grannymar said...

Greasy, balding, middle aged leering men smelling of alcohol, were very common at dances years ago. It was enough to put a girl off dancing for life.

Brighid said...

The latest media push by drug companies to sell male enhancement drugs by showing some old guy with a much younger woman, has me in tears of laughter. The only one they are embarassing is themselves.

Wisewebwoman said...

When you see this stuff in real life, Nick, the old geezers are always wealthy with one foot in the grave. Think Anna Nicole Smith and her old guy and Luciano Pavarotti and his mistress, et al. Not forgetting Sarkozy...
The impoverished old fellahs, they don't make that money connection at all.
And I'm truly offended at these movies that show 80 year old Sean Connery paired with a nubile woman young enough to be his granddaughter.
Maybe the greasy old bald fellahs take inspiration from films such as this?
Yuck.
XO
WWW

gaudiumdegaea said...

How is it then, while some young females look like they are cringing and trying to get away from the creepy old guys, you see the rich old creepy guys with the gorgeous young girls. The guys aren't 80... so they won't be kicking the bucket yet, but these girls are still getting sucked into it all somehow. How many times have I gone out to dinner to see a 20something with a rich dinosaur sitting at the next table. Yuck.
What also makes me giggle is how majority the convertible cars have old male drivers in them. It's that middle age crisis again I guess. Or it's just that by the time they can afford the convertible they are in their 60ies.

Nick said...

Grannymar - I should think it was. Do they have any idea what they look like?

Brighid - That's true, the drug companies connive in this too by suggesting their drugs will turn the fading older man into a perky young Satyr.

www - Indeed, money is usually the reason when an older guy makes out with a younger woman. And power and influence of course.

GayƩ - Ah but they have access to all that money to finance a luxurious lifestyle. Plus he may drop dead at any time from a heart attack.

Thriftcriminal said...

True. Mind you, I'd say Paul Newman would be in with a shot (when he was alive obviously).

Nick said...

Thrifty - Hmmm, not sure about that. I'd have to ask a few eligible young women whether they would have considered him!

Baino said...

Well not being young any more, anyone with a heartbeat would do! Nah not really. I often see older men with Asian trophy wives, I guess they offer security. When we were in Melbourne, I was in a bar with four younglings and even with me sitting there they were approached by two letches who were eventually 'escorted' out for bothering the girls. Then God gave men an everlasting supply of sperm so maybe they're 'meant' to pair with younger women. Although what young women find attractive in older men, I'll never know.

Nick said...

Baino - Of course there's the old theory that some women are looking for father figures rather than equals, but that must be very rare. That sort of relationship surely wouldn't last very long.

Leah said...

I had a heartbreaking affair with a fellow in his late 40s when I was just 18. I think now that he took a bit of advantage of me, but then I was head-over-heels. The age was the appeal, I've got to admit. Don't ask me why, I still don't want to psychoanalyze that one!

Nick said...

Leah - If you don't want to psychoanalyse it, I won't try either! So which one of you broke it off, you or him? And why?

Liz said...

Do you remember the tv show, From May to September, or something like that? That man, whose face I can see but wghose name escapes me, is very nice but tere has to be some physical attraction surely, and he's not in the least attractive? What was his name? I'm going to have to look it up.

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Liz said...

Anton Rodgers

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jific, n, quarter of a jiffy, as in 'I'll be with you in a jific.'

Nick said...

Liz - I never saw it, though I notice it was set in Pinner, where I lived for some years and where my 87 year old mum still lives. Are you thinking of Anton Rodgers and Eve Matheson? Since he was remarkably unattractive and she was very pretty, it seems a very unlikely relationship....

Docogist? Surely an expert in documents and printed materials?

Nick said...

Ah, we were both googling at the same time! I thought Jific was an Eastern European capital city?

Leah said...

Hi again Nick!

In answer to your question, he broke it off. I guess he decided it was unseemly, and also he thought he was interfering with my college (I was a freshman)--to be honest he was probably right on both counts. But still heartbreaking...boooo hooo. I wrote a long involved account of it on my other blog--to this day, it still bothers me.

See how topical and evocative your posts are?

Nick said...

Leah - Well, I guess he broke it off for very conscientious and justifiable reasons, though heartbreaking for you just the same. I must track down your account of it.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

There is generally a lot of money in the equation when the sweet young things actually welcome such elderly advances.

As for facing the truth, if the old duffers can't see for themselves that they are acting inappropriately, nobody will be able to convince them.

Nick said...

Heart - Money is quite often involved, for sure. And yes, the old duffers tend not to listen to other people. They're not good at seeing themselves through other people's eyes.