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According to Eagly, the impact of this could be vast, turning the world on its head and causing our whole definition of femininity to change.
So the latest spate of cougar A-listers could be seen as the vanguard for this new mode of femininity — one where it’s ladylike to pay your man’s bills, flaunt a pretty young male thing on one’s arm and choose your mate on the basis of his cheekbones rather than his chequebook.
Their lives are completely different from granny sitting in her easy chair.
For the first time, they’re an attractive sexual proposition — and this, says Eagly, will create a permanent difference in the way we live.
Little wonder that this generation of Mrs Robinsons is proving so alluringly sexy and sophisticated that bedazzled young boys are seemingly becoming their willing slaves. Because with the rise of the potency of middle-aged women comes an equal and opposite reaction: the infantilisation of men. One of the fundamental tenets of evolution — men being attracted to younger women because they are fertile and women being drawn to older, higher-status males who are in a better position to provide for offspring — is slowly being eroded.
And with this increase in power, many middle-aged females will adopt previously ‘male’ behaviours.
Just this week, Kylie, 48, announced she would take the surname of her 29-year-old fiancé, Joshua Sasse, when they marry.
Wendi Deng (the sleek former wife of octogenarian tycoon Rupert Murdoch), 48, was spotted recently hand-in-hand on a beach in St Barts with hunky 21-year-old model Bertold Zahoran.
Because while it’s one thing to swoon over the six-packs of Aidan Turner in Poldark, James Norton in War And Peace and Tom Hiddleston (aka Hiddlebum) in The Night Manager, it would be quite another to invite one of them, or any young man, into our beds. But then much younger men have never really been my thing.
The three years I have on my partner is quite enough, thank you.Indeed, she revels in it, telling Harper’s Bazaar magazine recently: ‘I have lovers who are three decades younger than me.