If you happen to haven’t watched “Nanette,” Hannah Gadsby’s fearless comedy particular on Netflix, try this now. (We’ll wait.)

In it, Ms. Gadsby takes on the fragility of masculinity — and at one level drills into Pablo Picasso, who, effectively into his 40s, had an affair with a teenage lady.

Ms. Gadsby, who has a level in artwork historical past, recounted how Picasso justified the connection by claiming that he and the lady, Marie-Thérèse Walter, had been each of their prime. Seething, Ms. Gadsby stated: “A 17-year-old lady isn’t in her prime. Ever! I’m in my prime.” She is 40.

That anecdote got here to thoughts not too long ago, in response to a brand new examine about on-line relationship revealed within the journal Science Advances.

In it, researchers studied the “desirability” of female and male customers, based mostly on what number of messages almost 200,000 customers, all of whom had been looking for opposite-sex companions, bought over one month on a “widespread, free online-dating service” — and if these sending the messages had been fascinating based mostly on the identical standards.

The researchers decided that whereas males’s sexual desirability peaks at age 50, ladies’s begins excessive at 18 and falls from there.

In different phrases, not so removed from the ages of Walter and Picasso.

“The age gradient for girls positively stunned us — each when it comes to the truth that it steadily declined from the time ladies had been 18 to the time they had been 65, and likewise how steep it was,” stated Elizabeth Bruch, an affiliate professor of sociology on the College of Michigan and an writer of the examine.

This examine isn’t an anomaly.

The examine outcomes echoed knowledge shared by the relationship behemoth OkCupid in 2010, through which the service discovered that males from the ages of 22 to 30 focus virtually solely on ladies who’re youthful than them.

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