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Family & Relationships Why Are We So Shocked That Keanu Is Dating Someone Age Appropriate?

05:05  07 november  2019
05:05  07 november  2019 Source:   flare.com

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Keanu Reeves is dating a woman close to his own age . Why is that so shocking ? Alexandra Grant is dating Keanu Reeves. You got a problem with that ? This one in particular is notable for a few reasons. Age - appropriate Hollywood relationships are so rare that they’ve become subjects of

Others just seemed relieved that Reeves was dating someone relatively close to his age , considering the ongoing stereotype that male celebrities always The point is , it says a lot about where we are at as a society that so many people are fascinated by an over-50 actor dating a woman in her 40s who

Alexandra Grant and Keanu Reeves attend the 2019 LACMA Art + Film Gala at LACMA on November 02, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. © Getty Alexandra Grant and Keanu Reeves attend the 2019 LACMA Art + Film Gala at LACMA on November 02, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

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On November 4, the world awoke to the news that the internet’s sad boyfriend, Keanu Reeves, has a new girlfriend. Walking the carpet at the LACMA Art + Film Gala on November 2, Reeves was spotted hand-in-hand with his longtime friend, Alexandra Grant, looking absolutely ecstatic. And the internet was equally thrilled. Because honestly, Reeves is a precious angel and deserves legit everything.

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“Of course Keanu has an age - appropriate girlfriend,” the writer Britt Hayes said in a viral tweet echoing a typical response to the news. “ Keanu Reeves has won an Olympic medal for dating someone ‘ age appropriate ,’” the former congressional candidate Saira Rao tweeted.

But a surprise appearance this weekend had everyone asking: Who is Keanu Reeves's new girlfriend? And when did it become so shocking for an actor to date a woman in her 40s? On the other hand… we 're actually pausing to marvel at an older man dating someone in his age group.

The actor has been the s*** since he was our baby-faced boo starring in Speed but the past few years have seen a resurgence in appreciation for the hunky, salt-and-pepper fox. Reeves, who has always been low-key when it comes to his private life, has become a tragic figure of sorts, dating all the way back to 1999 when his long-term girlfriend Jennifer Syme gave birth to the couple’s daughter, who was tragically stillborn. Two years after her birth, Syme died in a car accident.

Video: Fans react to Keanu Reeves' red carpet appearance with artist Alexandra Grant (USA TODAY)

Since Syme’s death, Reeves hasn’t spoken out about either loss or publicly dated anyone, which makes his recent debut with Grant a big deal. And while the web loves to collectively weep for their unproblematic prince, a lot of fans were super stoked that he’s seemingly happy.

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5 Things We Know About Keanu Reeves’s “ Age - Appropriate ” Girlfriend. by Louisa Ballhaus Nov But a surprise appearance this weekend had everyone asking: Who is Keanu Reeves’s new girlfriend? On the other hand… we 're actually pausing to marvel at an older man dating someone in his age

Internet Shocked That Keanu Reeves, 55, Might Be Dating an Age - Appropriate Woman. The actor was photographed holding hands with artist Alexandra Grant, 46, at a recent gala. Others just seemed relieved that Reeves was dating someone relatively close to his age , considering the

But, amongst the well wishes and excitement over Reeves’s new relationship status were some problematic reactions to the news—specifically, the news that at 46 years of age to Reeves’s 55, Grant is a woman within the actor’s age demo (and, for that matter, nine years younger).

Some on social media were blown away by this fact, with the comments spanning from not-so-nice freak-outs over Grant’s age, to praise for Reeves for *daring* to go where few actors of a certain age have gone before: dating a woman over 35.

Some on social media, like user @brianwitdatool, even went so far as to call the actor “brave” for dating a woman with wrinkles. PARDON ME, BRIAN?

And honestly, WTF?

While it’s disappointing that much of the reaction to Reeves’s appropriately aged lady love is one of patting the actor on the back for living so courageously (*eye roll*), we shouldn’t be all that surprised—because the way we view aging is pretty problematic.

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That it was Keanu fostered something a little warmer than most other famous people; I’ve enjoyed him for Adewunmi: We know that Keanu is a pretty private guy—he promotes a project and then Hampton: There’s been some discussion on Twitter around the fact that Keanu ’s dating someone

“ Keanu Reeves is in a happy relationship and we are going to celebrate that today everyone,” Twitter user @thetylerpointer wrote. But some people couldn’t help but note the fact that Reeves is dating an age - appropriate woman—apparently something we don’t see too much of in Hollywood these days.

We’ve been conditioned to expect older men to date much younger women

The fact remains that as a society, we’re conditioned to expect that a successful older man will be with a shockingly younger woman. Because we’ve seen in practice so many times, both on the big screen (James Bond and his increasingly baby-faced Bond girls, anyone?) and IRL. Off screen, one needs to look no further than one-time ’90s dreamboat Leonardo DiCaprio.

Leonardo DiCaprio speaks onstage during the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park on September 28, 2019 in New York City. © Getty Leonardo DiCaprio speaks onstage during the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park on September 28, 2019 in New York City. While many of us hardcore rooted for our teenage crush to have his heart go on and on with Titanic co-star and BFF Kate Winslet, the truth is that that would never actually happen, because she’s waaay out of his dating age bracket (a.k.a. ladies under 25 years of age).

To be clear: he is 44 years old. Along with dating almost exclusively supermodels, DiCaprio has gained a rep for dating women who are far younger than him. Who else looked at that photo of DiCaprio and climate activist Greta Thunberg and got a *little* nervous?

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Some praised the actor for dating an " age - appropriate " person (Grant is 46 and Reeves is 55), while others "Matrix" actor Keanu Reeves was spotted holding hands with visual artist Alexandra Grant at an While many feel that Grant and Reeves are dating , neither one has spoken publicly about the

The revelation that a long-loved male star was dating the “ age - appropriate ” Alexandra Grant was such a surprising and delightful change of pace that it dominated social media chatter and was front-page tabloid news. I’ve not experienced a celebrity moment quite like it.

Chris Martin of Coldplay performs during the 'A Head Full Of Dreams' Tour at Ciudad de La Plata Stadium on November 14, 2017 in La Plata, Argentina. © Getty Chris Martin of Coldplay performs during the 'A Head Full Of Dreams' Tour at Ciudad de La Plata Stadium on November 14, 2017 in La Plata, Argentina. For the record, there’s nothing wrong with dating people who are significantly younger than you as long as it’s consensual and everyone involved is on equal footing. Go wild! Do you! What’s at issue is the idea that wide age gaps are the norm, and that a man dating a woman who is close in age to him (or older) is some sort of charitable or applause-worthy act. You’re canoodling with a (probably) lovely and mature woman, not curing world hunger.

Mostly because we view aging men and women differently

Embedded in this analysis of Reeves and Grant’s relationship—and the validity of it—is the long-held bias some people seem to have when it comes to aging. That is mainly: As they get older, men become silver foxes and women become old hags. I just call it like I see it.

No, women don’t actually become hags (that’s very rude), but if you take a look at how we talk about aging and gender—especially when it comes to celebrities—it becomes *very* apparent that there’s a discrepancy. While men like Clooney are heralded for going grey and looking sexy as a silver fox, actresses are applauded for “gracefully” aging, a.k.a. defying the natural aging process and not really looking like they’re aging at all.

Jennifer Aniston attends © Getty Jennifer Aniston attends "The Morning Show" special screening at Ham Yard Hotel on November 01, 2019 in London, England. In a September interview with InStyle,  Jennifer Aniston talked about turning 50 and the weirdness around aging. “I feel physically incredible,” the actress said of her birthday. “So it’s weird that it’s all of a sudden getting telegraphed in a way that’s like, ‘You look amazing for your age.’ I think we need to establish some etiquette around that dialogue and verbiage.”

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Keanu Reeves' " age - appropriate " relationship shouldn't be viewed as heroic. Calm down, everybody. The "John Wick" star isn't brave for dating someone who is *gasp* nine years younger. That Keanu is an exalted, possibly immortal being for whom we all want nothing but good things is a simple fact.

Keanu Reeves carved a niche for himself in Hollywood with sheer determination and some stellar performances on the celluloid. Internet is blowing up because #KeanuReeves is dating someone who’s age appropriate .

But it’s some serious BS

Because all it really does is reinforce ageism, specifically against women. Not to mention the fact that men continuously making dating much-younger women their “thing” ( *ahem* Clooney, DiCaprio and Quaid *ahem*) and our shock when their peers step outside this norm, only further reinforces the very lame idea that women have an expiry date while men get better with age. 

Or that women’s desirability, intelligence and sexual desire doesn’t matter past a certain age. Which is extremely untrue. First of all, women are amazing and rule the world. And second of all, think of all the badass women you know who are continually thriving and getting better as they grow wiser, in both your personal life and in your fave films.

Olivia Colman attends the BFI Luminous Fundraising Gala at The Roundhouse on October 01, 2019 in London, England. © Getty Olivia Colman attends the BFI Luminous Fundraising Gala at The Roundhouse on October 01, 2019 in London, England. Heck, women like Iris Apfel and Olivia Colman are inarguably in their prime, and they’re 98 and 45 years old respectively. In the last year alone, Colman has broken out into the public conscious with an Oscar win for her role in The Favourite and another career-defining role in Netflix’s The Crown, the latter of which finds her playing a little someone called the Queen of England, you might know of her?

We shouldn’t be celebrating Reeves or any male celeb for dating someone their age, because it’s not a character trait or indicative of a “good person,” it’s legitimately the bare minimum.

Another reason not to celebrate it? Because we don’t celebrate women who do the same in the same way *at all.* In contrast to Reeves and other famous men, it’s expected that women of a certain age date someone in their age bracket, because god forbid a woman in her forties date a 25-year-old!

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Keanu Reeves' grey-haired lover Alexandra Grant should be far less of a shock than it currently is , writes Lynsey Why is it brave for a 55-year-old man to date a 46-year-old woman? Is it any wonder we are now making something as mundane as a man dating a woman of a similar age into

So please, let’s stop calling men brave for dating women their age. And let’s remember:

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