Why is it still such a sensational topic and what are the perks (and pitfalls) of entering into partnership where age knows no bounds?It’s been eight years since Newsweek famously proclaimed 2009 as the year of the cougar.
Energetic romping aside, a young admirer is a welcome alternative to the more vintage male, especially in the spontaneity department (if you disagree and would rather bag a silver fox, then get involved in the older dating scene now! The chances are that a younger man hasn’t had the time to accumulate the emotional baggage that comes with growing old either.
In conversation, Ganahl, who’s written extensively on older woman/younger man relationships, proposes an astute plus-side: “Younger men were raised by mothers during or after the women’s movement,” she says, “therefore, many tend to be far less sexist than their fathers, and not as preoccupied with money and status." A word of warning though: watch out for boastful boys who’re just out to get bragging rights over their mates.
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.
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.
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Their findings revealed that whilst both partners were content with their relationship, they still worried about how others judged them.
Also, women expressed concern over the prospect of ageing and whether it would affect their partner’s attraction to them.
On the other hand, the aptly-named Cougar Town bolsters a smuttier stereotype.