December 30, 2010
SLATE: A defense of “May-December” marriages like Hugh Hefner’s. “The research is thin, but there’s little evidence that marriages with wide age gaps between partners turn out any worse than marriages between people born around the same time. Presumably, at least some of the time, these arrangements fit each person’s needs better than marrying someone the same age would. . . . But the best reason not to hate May-December marriages is the same reason not to hate any marriage that’s not your own: What’s the point?” The important thing is that people who like to cluck their tongues in disapproval have sufficient opportunities to do so.