"There was a woman there who was flirting with younger guys.He said, 'She looks like a cougar on the prowl.' I decided to make it a term for women 40-plus who date younger men and don't want to settle down." Other experts have expanded the definition to include older women who have long-term relationships with and marry men 10-plus years their junior.Society, however, hasn't exactly embraced real-life "cougars" with the same fervor as Tinseltown's producers.Earlier this year, Carnival Cruise Lines dropped its second annual "Cougar Cruise" for older single women and younger single men—even though the first voyage drew 300 spirited attendees.
Just how old does a woman have to be to be considered a cougar? Eve messed it up and 2000 years later her seed is doing the same. Done lost one moma that's in another state and now got one on drugs and cheatin. And Google stirred up controversy a few months ago by banning the dating site Cougar Life from its content pages.(In contrast, "sugar daddy" dating sites and portals that pair up unhappily married people for affairs are as Google-able as ever.) Clearly the older woman/younger man pairing, though more on-the-radar than ever, is not sitting well in our psyches.