I personally know quite a few women with younger boyfriends (myself included).
Sometimes quite a lot younger.
It makes for interesting relationships on many levels.
Yijun Liao’s new photo series takes a quirky look at the playful power dynamics in such a relationship.
Liao says, ‘As a woman brought up in China, I used to think I could only love someone who is older and more mature than me, who can be my protector and mentor. Then I met my current boyfriend, Moro, who is five years younger than me. I felt that the whole concept of relationships changed, all the way around. I became the person who has more authority and power’.
She describes it as:
I placed an order of 100 penes with my boyfriend. Providing him with pink strechy fabric and pillow fillings, he was free in creating the penes into any shape he wanted to, except for one requirement, the penes had to be soft. In an intimate relationship, people do many things for their partner for free, like cooking, laundry, massage, etc,. By using my boyfriend, I explore the possibilities of making something by not making it and question the owner of the authorship.
This was the result:
(modelled on her younger boyfriend's parts!):