And is it any better to have your bottom pinched or your breasts squeezed by a dirty young man than a dirty old man? To the tabloid press of the s, he was a drooling letch in a dirty brown mac, lingering outside the school gates; to feminists he was that bottom-pinching, girl-chasing cretin who Benny Hill played on TV. Was Sean Penn called a dirty old man when he dated Scarlett Johansson, who was 29 years younger? When I was a teenager I always swore that I would never grow up to be a dirty old man — like my dad. And yes, I concede that older women face this on a far worse level unless they too are rich and famous.