They travel alone or with female friends and often have a history of unhappy relationships with men at home. In her late fifties and divorced, she travelled to Jamaica for her first holiday alone last winter.She had fantasies about sunbathing on white sand and swimming in a clear blue sea, but no plans for a holiday romance.
There is a growing number of adults over 50 in today’s online dating scene.
But the story is not one of heroic deeds or epic romances. And behind its sartorial history is another story, a fairy tale nearly thirty years in the making, about perseverance, heroic dedication, and the triumph of love.
Once upon a time, Anne van Buren, a scholar of medieval art, received a grant “to support the completion of a book on costume dating in late medieval art, primarily French and Flemish, focusing on illuminated manuscripts, painted panels, and incunabula.” Using only art that was firmly dated or datable to within five years, she aimed to use the fashion portrayed in these artworks to create a timeline that could be used by scholars to date undated art.
Most of the women involved are looking for attention and excitement but end up, often without realising it, being one half of a prostitution deal.
Although a small number of African-American women travel to the Caribbean for sex with beach boys, most of the women are white, middle-aged or older and come from Europe and North America.