Commenting on the programme’s host - Courtney Cox - San Francisco journalist Jane Ganahl wrote that the producers did a great job of converting the former Friends star into “a hapless, sex-obsessed divorcee who seems to be a mash-up of Mrs. 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.
It’s been eight years since Newsweek famously proclaimed 2009 as the year of the cougar.
The now well-known term wasn’t a reference to the Chinese calendar; rather, it was a bordering-on-crass idiom coined to define 40-plus women with a predilection for younger gentlemen.
In search of clarity, we set out on a mission to look beyond the loaded monikers and dubious hype surrounding older woman/younger man relationships.
Why is it still such a sensational topic and what are the perks (and pitfalls) of entering into partnership where age knows no bounds?
Although the US-based magazine reasoned that the cougar-craze was a fad destined for cultural oblivion, the article offered up an intriguing explanation for the newfound popularity of older woman/younger man relationships.
According to the piece, the main driving force that brought cougars in from the wilderness was Hollywood.What’s more, the way in which news outlets around the world, Newsweek included, represented the issue is perhaps more telling of the way mature women are perceived by society.First off, the very word ‘cougar’ is most certainly moot.I've dated older women (one was 15 years older) but she didnt act 42, she had an very young attitude and a butt that would not quit. A sexual relationship between a younger mand and an older woman is great....long as it stays a SEXUAL relationship but I agree a dating relationship would have to depend on the maturity level they both have. to which I responded by introducing them to my boyfreind and watching their mouths drop open and their faces turn beet red as he was drop-dead gorgeous and a nice guy. That is WAY younger (I'm 41.) He's the same age as some of my previous drama students.