Ahead of Sunday’s presidential election in France, Emmanuel Macron, the centrist front runner, is breaking the mould in his home country.
Namely, he’s thrusting his wife, Brigitte Trogneux, into the spotlight.
We had a solid religious system and things seemed to be pretty stable.
With the changing tides that came with time however, things have drastically changed.
In North America, however, her inclusion is notable because she’s 24 years his senior. President Donald Trump, whose 23-year jump on his wife has people yawning and rolling their eyes, the age difference between Macron and his wife is treated as downright scandalous in more puritanical circles. K.’s headline reads: “How Macron and his 64-year-old wife first fell in love.” The article then goes on to detail their romance that started when he was a 16-year-old student and she was his 39-year-old teacher.
While May-December heterosexual romances are par for the course, there is often a double standard when it comes to women dating younger men, even when those women are just in their 30s.
For example, actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler caught a lot of public flak when she announced her engagement. In Great Britain, journalist Hanna Betts describes a puma as "a single woman in pursuit of a mature partner with experience under his belt.
I believe everyone should be free to design the relationship model that works for them — and for me that’s dating younger men. I respond to maybe one percent of all the approaches I get.
I have one criterion first and foremost: He has to be a nice person.