Swarthmore College of Pennsylvania has recovered a letter written by Ben Franklin in 1745 in which the Founding Father explains why it’s best to date older women.
According to Time, the letter contains advice to a younger friend “on the choice of a mistress.”
Franklin’s main argument for marrying an older woman is based on the claim that they are both “experienced” and “grateful.”
Our nation’s first Postmaster General (and quite possibly one of the coolest people to ever walk the earth) then goes on to defend his theory with eight specific benefits of dating older women, all of which are rooted in undeniable truths:
1. “Because as they have more knowledge of the world… their conversation is more improving.”
2. “They learn to do a 1,000 services small and great, and are the most tender and useful of all friends when you are sick.”
3. “Because there is no hazard of children, which irregularly produced may be attended with much inconvenience.”
4. “Because thro’ more experience, they are more prudent and discreet in conducting an intrigue to prevent suspicion. The commerce with them is therefore safer with regard to your reputation.
5. “And as in the dark all cats are grey, the pleasure of corporal enjoyment with an old woman is at least equal, and frequently superior, every knack being by practice capable of improvement.”
6. “Because the sin is less. The debauching a virgin may be her ruin, and make her for life unhappy.”
7. “Because the compunction is less. The having made a young girl miserable may give you frequent bitter reflections; none of which can attend the making an old woman happy.”
8. “and lastly they are so grateful!”
Franklin basically just said that you should date older women because they are smarter, better in bed, less sensitive, more nurturing, more fun to talk to and you don’t have to worry about kids or the consequences of de-flowering a virgin.
Seems pretty accurate to us. They say that behind every great man is a great woman, but from this, we can only infer that the recipe to the legendary status of Benjamin Franklin is not just any woman, but more specifically, one hell of a MILF.
“There is hardly such a thing to be found as an old woman who is not a good woman,” Franklin wrote.
Via: Time, Top Photo Courtesy: Wiki Commons