Never married, she has a son James, now 13, by a man she parted from before her son was born.
Ruthie has been looking for a boyfriend for the past decade.
Whether you're reluctantly single or freshly divorced, finding a suitable date can seem like a daunting task, especially after you graduate from the bar scene.
Your workplace may not be the most appropriate spot to pick up a man, and many of your friends of friends are probably already taken, so where can you find available men once you're over 40? We live so much of our lives through technology nowadays that online dating has lost its stigma, and can be a comfortable format in which to get to know someone before meeting him in person.
And with Valentine’s day looming, you might be interested in finding a match soon. Just as there are better places in real life for the more mature crowd to find a match, there are also dating apps better suited for slightly older soul mate searchers. The site features an answer/question section, pictures (seemingly an unlimited amount of pictures), an About Me profile, and a desired match section.
However, what’s actually going on underneath the pop-style commentary and tabloid tales of ‘cougars’ and their ‘cubs’?
In search of clarity, we set out on a mission to look beyond the loaded monikers and dubious hype surrounding older woman/younger man relationships.
The woman, who is divorced but says she would love to be married again, describes herself as being ‘on the wrong side of 45 with a brace of kids’ and bewails her place in ‘relationship no-man’s land’, condemned to be alone for the rest of her days.
Her outpourings, which convey with unflinching honesty the huge difficulties older women can face finding a man, have caused quite a stir on women’s internet chat forums.