In the past, scientists stuck to the evolutionary theory that men prefer younger women who are likely to bear them more children.
Results of one landmark study showed men don’t really care how old a woman is, it’s what she looks like that counts. (Hang your head, you shallow creatures!)
While there’s an obvious downside to this (the good-looking really do rule the earth), the upside for single thirty-forty -(or even fifty)-somethings is you don’t need to be quite as panicked about ageing as you think.
In this particular study, a group of twenty-something men consistently chose a picture of an attractive forty-something woman over photos of lots of other younger, if plainer, women.
It wasn’t just for sex either – the men were asked to think white-picket fences rather than a Fifty Shades style fling.
Whether it's power, charisma - or the fact that they’re a damn good lay - the older woman is hot property.
So the next time you’re stressing about wrinkles or arms that continue waving when you’ve stopped, remind yourself of these six reasons which make you hotter than Cara Delevingne...
Why older women make great lovers
She knows what she’s doing
By the time most sexually adventurous women hit 30, they've not only clocked up more than a few lovers, they've been in a number of different sexual situations. Like anything, the more experience you have at something, the better you are at it.
Over the years, the older woman has dealt with penises that won’t go up, down, or do both.
She’s had lovers who needed their left shin tickled to get turned on, those who needed instruction on just about everything - and some who've taught her a thing or two.
Her younger counterpart might have breasts that point to heaven but an older woman will keep you floating on cloud nine through sheer sexual knowledge.