Why Do We Have our Knickers in a Twist Over the Priyanka-Nick Age Gap?

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Why Do We Have our Knickers in a Twist Over the Priyanka-Nick Age Gap?

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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t’s been a great few weeks on the internet. The impending marriage between 36-year-old Priyanka Chopra and 25-year-old Nick Jonas has given us a ton of fodder to chew on. Their marriage has several implications for the casual observer: They are an inter-racial, inter-country, inter-faith couple… nearly a generation apart. What in the world is a woman touching 40 doing with a dude who is a former Disney star?

A quick glance at #PriyankaChopra on Twitter is a good barometer of the fact that of all the things that offend us, this “asymmetrical”, “unnatural” union with an age gap as wide as the Atlantic Ocean, has offended us the most. But what is unnatural about this union and why are so many of us opposed it? Somewhere inside us, we believe, that the laws of nature dictate that the man in a relationship is always a little taller, a little more successful, a little older than the woman. Nick and Priyanka are violating that fundamental understanding.

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