|As society changes, new terms
and trends gain popularity. For instance, women who prefer the companionship
of younger men have recently been dubbed Cougars. This sexual preference
has always existed but expectations of women have changed rapidly in the
past few decades, negating the stigma of such adoring relationships. Wealthy
older women seek their male companions on MutualArrangements.com.
Shows like Cougar
Town are bringing the term “Cougar” and the concept of older women
dating younger men into the mainstream. This comedy series featuring Courtney
Cox and Sheryl Crow casts a refreshing light on sexy older women and shows
their inclination toward wanting and wooing handsome younger guys. The
humor hidden within the subtle pursuit of young male companionship is one
way to ease its viewers into accepting the newly popularized preference
– even though it’s been a taboo phenomenon since the debut of The Graduate.
Visually, it seems that the gap between older
women and younger men is closing. Today, women are staying younger
in body, spirit, and appearance than ever. This is partly due to health
foods, cosmetics, Pilates, and plastic surgery. Also, the aprons and housecoats
of yesteryear are out; instead, women are dressing younger and more provocatively
than ever, giving them an extra edge. The result of this care and attention
to health, fitness and style is that younger guys are still sexually drawn
to their older female counterparts. And, even with a twenty-year age-gap
between a woman and her boyfriend, the discerning public eye cannot even
Society is also becoming much more accepting of the masculine
playboy period that comes between graduating high school or college and
getting married. Unlike the days of old when men were expected to get married
right after graduation, guys are choosing their lifelong partners much
later in life. This trend buys young guys an extended bachelordom where
they can experiment with dating and learning from older women who don’t
want children or long-term commitment.
Society has not only loosened its standards for men; it has also
relaxed its expectations of women. Where, not too long ago, women were
expected to get married, have children, and serve their household as both
home-maker and additional source of income, times have changed yet again.
Now, women do not have to answer to the domestic call of duty and, instead,
can work jobs as high-ranking CEOs. Older women who forge their way without
husbands prove themselves to be self-sufficient – and great
mentors, making them natural mates for younger guys.