LAURA'S LOVE ADVICE: Can A Relationship Work If Your Man Is 24 Years Older Than You, As Sean Penn Is With ScarJo?

Mon, March 7, 2011 4:20pm EDT by 10 Comments
LAURA'S LOVE ADVICE: Can A Relationship Work If Your Man Is 24 Years Older Than You, As Sean Penn Is With ScarJo?

Scarlett Johnansson just loves older men — but does she have a real shot with a guy who’s old enough to be her dad?

I’ve heard of some strange couplings in my time, but wow — the thought of Scarlett Johnansson dating Sean Penn takes the cake. Not only is ScarJo in the process of divorcing the world’s hottest man, Ryan Reynolds, but at 50, Sean is 24 years older than her 26-year-old self. Do they have a fighting chance as a couple, or is their age difference just too great for them to last?

Let me say this: every situation is different. Scarlett has always had a thing for older men. She grew up in Manhattan and has always seemed (and felt, according to the actress herself) older than her age. She’s been a child actress since the age of 10. She already married an 8-years-older man, Ryan, and divorced him in part, allegedly, because of his “immaturity.”

Therefore, the thought of Sean and Scarlett isn’t as weird for her as it seems. Sean has a track record of being attracted to not-so-bright, much younger blondes (ex-wife Robin Wright-Penn was an exception); his big personality doesn’t seem to allow much room for anyone else’s in the relationship. He’s going to either spar with Scarlett in a good way, creating sexual chemistry, or he’s going to get sick of her refusal to back down and the two will combust.

So yes, I think a 24-year relationship age difference is too much even for the worldly Scarlett Johnasson. So I’m sure you’re going to guess what I’ll say about you dating an older man….

Don’t do it. If a man is old enough to be your dad, he may start treating you like one. I don’t mean this in an Electra complex kind of way, just more in the sense that an older man has been through more, and might think your lack of age and experience makes you — how shall I say this delicately? — an idiot. He may be dismissive of certain thoughts you might have, may have an overwhelming urge to protect you when you don’t really need help, and without the use of Viagra, may not have sexual urges quite as intense as yours.

If you don’t mind not having an equal partnership with your boyfriend, then by all means, be my guest. Date away! If you want to be protected, cared for and, essentially, treated like a child, a 24-year age difference shouldn’t matter in the slightest. But if you want an equal, not a sugar daddy, then do not do as Scarlett did. Stay away from the older man!


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Posted at 4:44 PM on March 8, 2011  

Good for her…but I STILL don’t see how you could go from Ryan Renolds to Sean Penn(;

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Posted at 12:05 PM on March 8, 2011  

Worry not Jan-el, your comment will be deleted as mine was. It does not agree with the very broad brush the above article painted.

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Posted at 9:03 AM on March 8, 2011  

I don’t believe the pair is “dating”, personally. I think it’s just sex.

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Posted at 2:01 AM on March 8, 2011  

Well said. My thoughts exactly. And you put it oh so nicely.

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Posted at 9:05 PM on March 7, 2011  

It’s unfair to perpetuate the myth that without Viagra older men will be disappointing sex partners. I’ve had a ton of great sex in my life but it’s never been better than it is with my current partner, who is — 72. Yes. You can scoff all you want, but this is NOT geriatric sex, it’s not sex without penetration, and it’s not just once in a while. Simple rule: a man who believes in his ability to get it up can get it up. Sean Penn can do just fine with ScarJo.

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Posted at 2:54 PM on June 6, 2013  

I agree Jan-El. My man is 24-years my senior and we have incredible sex! No help of pills either, we are open and honest with what we want and like in bed. Our communication helps us know what we want. I have sex with him more often than with previous relationships with men my age. Out of the bedroom, he’s an amazing man. He has a daughter 7 years younger than me. The three of us work together very well! I have only felt like he was treating me like his daughter once, and I immediately told him how I felt. He treats me how a woman should be treated. I couldn’t ask for a better guy to love. I know eventually it’ll be my turn to be the breadwinner and to take care of him, but I am aware of it, I’m not being blind about this.

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Posted at 8:23 PM on March 7, 2011  

I and my lady friend somewhat disagree. As your a woman of a certain age (judging by your photo) I believe you are reacting to a potential threat, no matter how slight that threat to you personally might be. Older women hate that an older man bypasses them for a younger woman. I understand your anger or resentment if they left a wife for a younger woman but not the context of your article. As an older man, 16 years older then my girl, we agree that is has been just fine for over a year. I do not use or need viagra nor have i ever treated her like an idiot. Protection is hardwired into the human brain so yes, i have been in there a little early to stop a perceived threat but it was always an instinctual reaction which was understood by both of us after the fact. So, if you dont want any head games, and you do want someone who cares about your needs as well as your well being then definitely date an older man. There, that is as broad a statement as your article draws in conclusion.

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