Cougar (slang)

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Cougar is a slang term that refers to a woman who seeks sexual relations with considerably younger men.[1][2] ABC News states that these women pursue sexual relations with people more than eight years younger than they are,[1] while The New York Times states that the women are over the age of 40 and aggressively pursue sexual relations with men in their 20s or 30s.[2] However, the term can also refer to any female who has a male partner much younger than herself, regardless of age or age difference.[3][4]

The origin of the word cougar as a slang term is debated, but it is thought to have originated in Western Canada and first appeared in print on the Canadian dating website[5] It has also been stated to have "originated in Vancouver, British Columbia, as a put-down for older women who would go to bars and go home with whoever was left at the end of the night."[1]

The "cougar" concept has been used in television shows, advertising and film. The 2007 film Cougar Club was dedicated to the subject, and in spring 2009 TV Land aired a reality show called The Cougar. The 2009 sitcom Cougar Town originally explored the difficulty and stigma of many so-called "cougars". The Graduate (1967) demonstrates that the concept is older than the term; a middle-aged married mother pursues a much younger man (21 in the film).

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  1. ^ a b c "Are More Older Women With Younger Men?". ABC News. 5 May 2005. Retrieved 24 February 2008. 
  2. ^ a b Kershaw, Sarah (14 October 2009). "Rethinking the Older Woman-Younger Man Relationship". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Conlin, Jennifer (25 May 2012). "Younger Boys More Respectful, High School Girls Say". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ Jen Doll. "Can a 16-Year-Old Girl Be a Cougar? Asks the New York Times". The Wire. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Barrett, Grant (17 October 2007). "Time for a cougar?". The Star Online. Retrieved 26 August 2009.