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“Oh, I haven’t met her yet,” he’d responded, deadpan, over dinner.
But I’ve always found my old friend’s honesty refreshing, and rather insightful. See Bridget Jones 1 and 2; in 3, she’s a 51-year-old widow, cougar and mother of two.“Perception is that it’s perfectly acceptable for a man to be single and dating because he was likely concentrating on his career and is now ‘ready,’” says one smart, fun, beautiful 34-year-old singleton in San Francisco — a city that is home to a seemingly disproportionate number of older, never-married men. Just no.)”Still, like many women, she continues to give ’em a go.
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I was 30, and in eight years had been single for a total of six months.
What I needed, said Giles, was to meet plenty of new girls before getting involved with one.
With his advice in mind, dating began to feel very different; I started to analyse it in a way I never had before.
In many ways, he’s right: Never-married heterosexual men over the age of 40 have always had a stigma. (A lot of gay men, yes, but also a lot of straight dudes who care more about their triathlon training than tying the knot.) “The guys over 40 I’ve dated all have the Peter Pan complex,” she says. Worse: Many still have roommates and wear backpacks. “There are always exceptions.”Even, apparently, in New York City, another hub of never-marrieds.
Especially back in 1970, when they represented only 4.9 percent of the male population. Unless, of course, the perpetual bachelor is George Clooney — and let’s be honest, most aren’t. Anyone with salt-and-pepper hair who shows up in your online matches as “Never Married” might as well come with a flashing Warning Sign, say women with marital aspirations who date them anyway. A physician named Amy says she was “totally wary” of her now-husband, who was 42 when they first met.