Why is it still such a sensational topic and what are the perks (and pitfalls) of entering into partnership where age knows no bounds?
Ellen Mc Carthy: Well, as others have and will point out, cougars are lovely specimens of the animal world. _______________________ I totally agree.: That and MILF, please... MILF, though crude, has mostly positive connotations. (BTW -- loved your analysis that men probably want cats! And Sugar Daddy -- but only if it's a rich sexy single man. Humor is an appropriate means of dealing with almost all complex topics, but this term fails the humor test. Ellen Mc Carthy: We'll keep running the same story every day until the difference between cats and women is entirely clear. We just think "sexually confident woman over 40" is the perfect descriptor for such a person.
As a guy I wonder why do women want to be proud of such a label? He said "There's a cougar on the bed." I said "Yeah, I think it's me." The word already sounded out-of-date as soon as I said it. Or is this another double standard where women are once again scornfully categorized based on totally subjective and ridiculous yet rigid criteria? Silver Fox, for example, or "Hugh Hefner." Monica Hesse: Cradle Robber comes to mind, though that's pretty gender-neutral. _______________________ A better reason: You missed a key point: "cougar" just isn't funny. I see sexism and I see agism from younger women who don't want their own thunder stolen. Ellen Mc Carthy: Nothing -- NOTHING -- is icky about a sexually confident woman over 40.
The nephew said he picked up the term from players on his hockey team. I look forward to interacting with others interested in etymology.
So, 1999 is the earliest probable date we have for the term and it’s fairly reliable. The information you provided has been extremely helpful. Ulli I’ve been helping an ESPN reporter with this very question for a few days, so I can report that 1999 is a solid date--there is additional evidence to endorse it--and that anecodotal evidence has been collected from Canadians who were young and widely dispersed in Western Canada in the early 1990s that strongly supports its use then. I appreciate any information I can find on that topic.
The term appears to have been coined by a Canadian dating website but it gained popular currency as it was picked up by advertising, movies and television series.
In 2007, a film titled Cougar Club was released based on relationships between older women and younger men.I’ve been told the implied use was a Canadian creation in use for at least 20 years. and it is the name of a recent television reality show. Ulli Most of its popularity stems from a 2001 book by Valerie Gibson, called Cougar: A Guide for Older Women Dating Younger Men.However, I can’t find any information that confirms that. This is the sort of book you buy as a joke for your newly single women friends, but one that they will read with interest when no one else is around.The term cougar refers to a 40 plus woman who is sexually interested in younger males, typically eight years her junior.A cougar relationship is thus one between a mature woman and a much younger man.It is, as you have guessed, a website where older women can meet younger men.