The Cougar Club: A Novel was the inspiration for this weeks' series of posts about women. I reviewed it earlier this week, and have a giveaway going. To win an autographed copy, leave your name and email address on the giveaway post, and for more entries, leave substantive comments regarding any of my Women's Week posts.
Since The Cougar Club: A Novel was the inspiration for this series, I thought we'd take a day to discuss the "Cougar" phenomenon. A "Cougar", I've recently learned, is a women who exclusively, or almost exclusively, dates younger men--men at least ten years younger than she is. Are you a Cougar? If so, why? What do you think you bring to a relationship that the man wouldn't get with someone his own age? What do younger men have that men your age don't? Do you know any Cougars? What do you think of them and/or their dates? What do you think of the whole idea?
I don't know any "Cougars" well enough to make any personal comments or observations. However, in general, people are involved in the dating world for one of two reasons: they are seeking marriage or they are seeking sex. If all a Cougar wants is sex, then she shouldn't be surprised if she finds herself getting it with immature self-absorbed men. If she wants marriage, frankly, why should a man that much younger consider marrying her, especially if she is past her childbearing years? For the most part, men who are stable, loving and responsible and seeking marriage also want kids. That's not to say it is impossible for Cougar to find a good man, it is just that, from what I see of people in general, it doesn't seem likely to me.