Age disparity in sexual relationships is the difference in ages of individuals in sexual relationships.Concepts of these relationships, including what defines an age disparity, have developed over time and vary among societies.The rule is widely cited, but its origins are hard to pin down.In its earlier incarnations, it seemed to be a prescription for an ideal age difference rather than the limit of what’s okay.In , a 1953 film adaptation of the 1951 play by Frederick Hugh Herbert, Maggie Mc Namara—playing 22-year-old Patty O’Neill—asks her 30-year-old suitor, “Haven’t you ever heard that the girls is supposed to be half the man’s age, plus seven? In the 1950s, Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad “taught that a wife’s ideal age was half the man’s age plus seven”; this age gap should make up for women’s maturing more quickly than men, as well as ensure that the husband was sufficiently authoritative over his wife.When Malcolm X met his future wife Betty Sanders, he interpreted the fact that their ages fit the rule of seven as a sign that they were destined for each other.What is the acceptable minimum age for your own (and others’) dating partners?
In various cultures, older men and younger women often seek one another for sexual or marital relationships.
Differences in age preferences for mates can stem from evolutionary mating strategies and age preferences in sexual partners may vary cross culturally.
There are also alternative social theories for age differences in relationships as well as suggested reasons for 'alternative' age-hypogamous relationships.
For those of you who don't know, this is a rule that determines the minimum age of someone you can go out with. I am 23 and by this rule, the minimum age of girl I can go out with is 23/2 7 = 18.5.
Technically by this rule I am not allowed to go out with anyone below 18 and a half (we'll round it down to 18 for simplicity ).