That being said, a man over the age of 30 who actively pursues a relationship with a 20-year-old woman probably (barring exceptional cases) has some issues that he should reconsider, and as the gap widens, it gets weirder. Being 35 is vastly different from being 20, and the probability that an older man will use his age, power, and greater maturity (real or perceived) to manipulate a naive 20-year-old woman is high and concerning. It’s still unsurprising that the man would find younger women more physically attractive, though.
Charts from OKCupid, showing how straight women and men rate each other based on ages. For women, the men they find most attractive are roughly their own age. For men, the women they find most attractive are roughly the same age - 20 to 23 - regardless of the age of the man. (538)
Good fucking Christ.
This isn’t evidence that men are gross creepers. It’s a reflection of a well-documented and easily explainable biological phenomenon.
Men become fertile at puberty, and remain fertile well into middle age. Women become fertile at puberty, but the window for having optimally healthy and uncomplicated pregnancies is narrow, roughly between ages 18-26. To a single man looking for a mate, a 20-year-old woman is the ideal, regardless of the age of the man.
Sex is not all about having children. Relationships are not all about having children. Evolution is definitely, 100%, undeniably about having children, so it shouldn’t surprise anybody that humans have a biological impetus to have children.