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May-December romances


  • Here are entered works on adult romantic relationships in which there is a significant age difference between the partners.

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    • Age-discrepant romances
    • Age-heterogamous relationships
    • December-May romances
    • Romances, May-December
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    • found: Work cat.: All that heaven allows [VR], c2001(summary note: Cary Scott, an attractive and wealthy New England widow, creates a social outcry in her community and within her family when she becomes romantically involved with Ron Kirby, her younger gardener)
    • found: Wikipedia, Apr. 16, 2007:Age disparity in sexual relationships (May-December Romance is a general and non-prejudicial expression for an age-disparate relationship. The expression draws an implicit analogy between one's lifetime and the time of year. Thus "May" refers to the younger partner, who is in the spring of his or her life. "December" is the elder partner, in the winter of his or her life)
    • found: Movie reviews Web site, Apr. 16, 2007:movie by genre/May-December Romance (May-December Romance movie) - http://www.movierevie.ws/
    • found: Psychology today, Jan./Feb. 1999, via WWW, Apr. 16, 2007:pp. 60-61 (May-December liaisons; romance between old men and young women; December-May pairing; it is easier to create a lasting, equal relationship with a partner of your own generation; older woman-younger man relationship) p. 63 (September-May relationships stand a good chance of working)
    • found: PsychInfo search, via Ovid, Apr. 16, 2007(ti: Age-discrepant relationships : do these romances fare well?; Sexuality in May-December marriages; The double standard in age-discrepant relationships; Attribution of age-discrepant couples; abstr.: age-discrepant romances; age-discrepant or May-December marriages; age-discrepant relationships where the wife is the older partner (known as December-May marriages); age-heterogamous marriages; age-dissimilar relationships)
    • found: OED, 1989(May and January or December: used to describe the marriage of a young woman to an old man)
    • found: Wilkinson, P.R. Thesaurus of traditional English metaphors, 2002:p. 267 (December/January and May: Age and youth)
  • General Notes

    • Here are entered works on adult romantic relationships in which there is a significant age difference between the partners.
  • Change Notes

    • 2007-04-18: new
    • 2007-08-24: revised
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