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I went through all of the issues in my head thinking, Sometimes, I'd actually pick fights out of insecurity, just so I could utter the lines, “Maybe you'd be happier with someone who for certain has all of her eggs,” or, “Perhaps, you want someone who isn’t on a timeline of starting a family.” I am not a “cougar," the horrible label given to women who date younger men.
When the roles are reversed and an older man dates a younger woman, the men are often congratulated and revered.
I know that this is something for them to process, and not for me to have to explain.
I now realize that it is not my role to win over family, friends, or anyone else who may wish to make a statement about our relationship.
I remind myself that no one can predict the future.
People say to him, “But what if she can’t have children?
What is the equivalent of "cougar" for a man who has a younger partner?
(Correct: there isn’t one.)So, after grappling with my own insecurities and the societal taboos, there were also the judgments of friends and family.