Based on a woman's age, this scale classifies women (who prey on younger men for their sexual appetite) as felines.A cougar is an older woman who is primarily attracted to and has sex with significantly younger men.A cougar may be married or unmarried, and some even go after their daughters' boyfriends.Although the term 'cougar' comes from the big-game predatory cat of the same name, the cougar connection also may allude to the wearing of animal print clothing by older and more sexually aggressive women.But now thanks to the likes of Demi, the term has evolved to describe women usually in their late thirties, forties and fifties who are financially secure, independent and looking for a younger man to have fun with. And they're very successful." Today it's apparently "cool" to be a cougar, maybe even something to strive for.
Some cougars are less interested in a relationship than a sexual conquest, perhaps enjoying the fact that they are physically appealing to men who are considered to be in the prime of their virility.
The most commonly-accepted definition of a cougar is a woman 40 years of age or older who exclusively pursues very young men. Some feel that a cougar can be as young as 35, but women of this age would not be viewed as cougars unless their sexual conquests were no older than 25; the ten-year age difference seems to be an unspoken but accepted minimum between partners.
Typically, cougars prey upon men almost young enough to be their sons.
In last week's column, I answered a question from a 27-year-old woman who had concerns about dating a man fifteen years her senior.
I cautioned her about the potential pitfalls, but in the end told her not to let the age gap get in the way if she truly believed he was her soul-match.