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March 19, 2011


Samantha, Sex and the City's famous cougar, Pic: http://truestarmag. /2010/07/19/cubs-vs-the-cougars/

…and I am not talking about mountain lions, pumas or in general felines that go by the Latin name Puma concolor.

Of course, those beautiful animals are called cougars but in American slang the term as of recent refers to older women who date (much) younger men.  Two conditions must be met for a woman to be called a cougar:

  • she has to be at least 35 years old (I personally find that way to young to be called a cougar but it seems to be the standard definition, if there is such a thing) and
  • the guy has to be significantly younger

So 35 year old woman dating or hooking up with  a 30 year old man – not a cougar

A 45 year old dating/hooking up with a 28 year old: most definitely one.

A cougar dating site puts the required age difference at at least 10 years for the younger cougars and at 15 for the 50 plus age range.

Another characteristic is that a cougar goes out to find a guy, she is “hunting” vs. being the one who is being “hunted” by the guy.

The term is fairly new and stems from a 2001 book by Valerie Gibson, called “Cougar: A Guide for Older Women Dating Younger Men.”  Famous cougars include:  Demi Moore, Samantha in Sex and the City, Madonna, and Elizabeth Taylor