The strategic reproductive benefit of choosing a younger woman diminished as the age gap widened.
According to the science, Depp was better matched with Paradis (nine years his junior) than with the new girlfriend.
I'm not talking about the harm inflicted by pedophiles on pre-teen girls, which is both monstrous and a given.
I'm not talking about the vile street harassment of adolescents by older men, which is also as toxic as it is infuriatingly ubiquitous.
A man in his 40s who wants to date women in their 20s is making the same calculation as the man who pursues a "mail-order bride" from a country with less egalitarian values.