- Gender and Relationships
What Is A Cougar Anyway?
The MILF distinguished
Universally, MILFs are older women who are sexy and the object of the desires of all men, from teenagers (as seen in American Pie as exemplified by Stiffler’s Mom) to young men (Mrs. Robinson) and Mrs. Parker in Ice Cube’s Friday. If you never saw Friday, Mrs. Parker is featured in her yard watering her lawn, bent over in the shortest shorts, oblivious of the young men gawking at her from across the street.
An exploration of the American use of the term "cougar"
Cougar is a term that describes a woman and it is an expression that is usually reviled. The term is normally accompanied by snickers or expressions of disgust. What distinguishes a cougar from the sexier MILF (which is vulgar when written out)? The cougar is typically one of two things. Either a woman over the age of 40 seeking sexual relationships with men in their 20’s and/or 30’s or a woman who is in a relationship with a younger man, irrespective of the age difference. The cougar is usually perceived as “aggressive.” She is the equivalent of the Spanish “loba.” Loba is a female wolf and, in Spain, she is an older, aggressive woman desperately chasing men. The affectionate term “Cougar” is popular in the United States and Canada.
May/December Couples Cont'd
The Desperate Cougar
One distinction between the cougar and the MILF appears to be the pursuit. The cougar pursues the men, while the MILF is the object of pursuit. Basically, in using these labels, society is telling us that it is okay for an attractive, older woman to be pursued and desired by men, but it is not okay for an older woman, attractive or otherwise, to pursue a younger man. At the point of pursuit, she is perceived as “aggressive” and/or “desperate.” Is this fair?
Even with the distinction between the “cougar” and the “MILF,” people are often uncomfortable with the idea of May/December romances where the woman is the older of the two partners. Remember when Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher started dating? How many people doomed that relationship before it began? Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon? People did not give Mariah as much flack for her marriage choice. While, at one point, this relationship seemed postured to last, unfortunately, this union, too, has failed. The fact of the matter is no one wants to see an older woman with a younger man. From the earliest era in time, it has been acceptable and even prestigious for older men to date younger women. Just look at Hugh Hefner! Everyone wants to be him. However, the second an older woman dates a younger man, there are expressions of revulsion and exclamations of “That’s disgusting!” and “What is she thinking?!”
Acceptable age difference...
What is the maximum acceptable age difference in dating?
What is an acceptable age difference?
What is the limit for an acceptable May/December relationship where the woman is the oldest? 5 years? 10 years? 15 years? For the guys… Do you want an older woman with grey hair? Or, would you prefer a Mrs. Parker type? Ladies… What are your thoughts on the cougar label and phenomenon? Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts. There will definitely more articles to come on this subject!
Age Ain't Nothin' But A Number!
Dating an older woman explored in song
Ponder the lyrics of Andre 3000’s Pink and Blue:
You could have been born a little later but I don't care
So what if your head sports a couple of grey hairs
Same here, and actually I think that's funky
(In a Claire Huxtable type way)
It looks to me like you need a little juice in your life
So call me when that big ole house gets lonelyfied
And I'll teleport from here to there
You show me how it's supposed to be done
I'll make sure you have young fun
Here, it seems that the deeper side of Outkast seeks the attention of an older and seemingly conservative woman, not what one would necessarily consider the MILF. Can you imagine a world where any man does not care about a woman having grey hair?