Charlie Sheen‘s on-screen mother spoke with radio station WNYC about her partner earlier this week, without naming Paulson.“It’s the most wonderful, extraordinary thing that could have every possibly happened in my life,” she said.
“Given my generation it would not be something that would automatically occur to me,” she admitted.
Non-traditional age gaps between women in same-sex relationships are nothing new, but the mainstream celebration of these couples entered the zeitgeist in 2015 in an unprecedented manner.
As someone who has had multiple relationships with women 10 or more years older than me, the emergence of this dynamic modeled in popular culture has provided cause for excitement, as well as an opportunity for self-reflection.
Is there something intrinsic to queer culture that is conducive to age gaps between partners?
And what is it about older women that’s so damn appealing to me?
The first steps on my journey to becoming an adult who shuns ageism had little to nothing to do with being queer.
Rather, it began with a childhood of formative familial friendships with my brother and older cousins, mostly male.
I was raised among bright, kind, older boys who more often treated me as an equal than a nuisance.
The first vocal feminist I ever knew was male: my cousin Jeffrey, who was one of my closest friends, and 11 years older than me.