I apologize up front if I offend anyone, but it disgusts me when really old men get in serious relationships with really young women, especially if their daughter is OLDER than the girl.
I recently found out that one of the former female cadets I went to school with married our Master Sergeant shortly after he retired. He is at least twice her age. The guy is "hard" on the outside but is definitely a "nice guy", so it wasn't as disturbing. There were jokes about him having a crush on her, I guess they were true after all.
Most of the other stories "appear" to be old horny guys praying on young and insecure women. I know that isn't always the case, but it often comes off that way.
For the record, and I know you weren't talking about my story specifically, but when this happened, the teacher was only 23 or so, and the student 17. That's not too bad.
I think your comment about it disgusting you with the old guy/younger woman thing is a common sentiment, but I also think a lot of it has to do with how society views it. I, personally, wouldn't be interested in a relationship like that. Having lived through losing a boyfriend once, I can't imagine marrying a guy knowing that, assuming we both die "of old age," he's going to be dying years before me and I'll have to deal with that loss all over again. That, and I've never met a man that old that had similar interests as I do... so there's that, too.
I was telling my husband the other day how a lot of times, it seems like unless a woman gets in a relationship with a man her own age, she's viewed negatively. Younger women who marry much older men are seen as gold diggers. Older women who get involved with much younger men are seen as cougars, and I don't believe that term is used in a positive way the majority of the time. But we don't have these little terms for men who seek a partner outside of their age group.
I guess we do have the "sugar daddies" and "sugar mamas."