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I almost forgot about the Princeton Mom until last month, when international headlines went nuts over the new French president elect and his wife.
Brigitte Trogneux met Emmanuel Macron when he was 15 and she was his 39-year-old drama teacher, already married with three kids.
Men tend to message women significantly younger than they are.
By the time they’re 55, men send more than half their messages to women at least 8 years their junior.
When I was a junior in college, a woman called “The Princeton Mom” wrote into our school newspaper telling undergraduate women to “Find a husband on campus before you graduate.”“Forget about having it all, or not having it all, leaning in or leaning out,” she said.
We had more important things to worry about, like the alarming decay rate of our attractiveness.
So that’s what this column, Undressed, is about: gender, social norms, dating rules — and what happens when we break them.
Could it be that the age gap exists just because it’s default behavior — a standard that persists simply due to the fact that it hasn’t been adequately challenged?
Left Chart: This shows men’s reply rate (by percentage) when women message first.
When women start conversations, they tend to message men closer to their own age.
By 55, they’ll send more than half their messages to men at least 4 years their junior.