Older women dating younger men called cougars
Whilst still packed with hidden meaning, ‘sugar daddy’ isn’t nearly as derogatory as its big-cat counterpart.
Instead it’s a jocular reaffirmation of man’s traditional role as father-figure and provider of material wealth (and woman’s role as recipient).
The site, Funky Brown Chick, calls readers to attention with the enticements about cougars and cubs, the phrase used to describe the phenomenon that occurs when an older woman pairs with a younger man.
“Prejudices have a tendency to stick, even if society is changing,” she says, “calling an older woman a cougar isn’t meaningless, it’s a way of defining her as a predator who’s only interested in hunting down younger prey.” For an enlightening comparison it’s worth looking at an equivalent expression for older men who hook up with younger women.
According to the piece, the main driving force that brought cougars in from the wilderness was Hollywood. READ MORE: The Ultimate Guide to Dating a Single Parent Off screen, the frenzy that surrounded Demi Moore’s marriage to Ashton Kutcher, not forgetting the widely reported liaisons of stars such as Madonna, Mariah Carey and Sandra Bullock, allegedly serve as further evidence.
Nevertheless, it somehow seems precarious to start explaining away the genuine rise in older women dating younger men by skimming off examples from LA’s amorous glitterati.
CNN pointed to a 2003 study by AARP that revealed that 34 percent of all women over 40 in the survey were dating younger men, and 35 percent preferred it to dating older men.
A talk-forum website provides evidence that the practice of older women and younger men in intimate relationships continues to increase as the culture appears to nod its approval sufficiently in cities.It used to be that guys had all the fun, but not these days.