Are cougars a myth?
Social trends changing. It is more acceptable for independent, successful women to date who they want, including younger men. Older women also more willing to cross race, religious and other boundaries when seeking potential partners. The cougar takes that trend to the extreme, by allegedly deliberately dating men far younger than herself (like a man).
Popular culture has defined cougars as older, wealthy, vain women on the prowl for younger men for sex only. Dating sites have been set up to pair cougars and “cubs”. A second term – Puma – was coined to refer to younger cougars – those in their late 20s and 30s – or women who deliberately date divorcees.
But new research suggests that, at least in the world of online dating, cougars don’t really exist. Instead, researchers found that women consistently showed a preference for at least same-age or significantly older men. So move over, cougar stereotype, and bring on the older men!
Bonus: A slideshow of Madonna with her younger boyfriends. Go girl!