READ MORE: Happily in an older woman/younger man relationship? They reported that “vast age differences, especially in woman-older relationships, clearly violate the norms of this society”.When we look at how tabloids react to older women dating younger men, we can see this subconscious judgement in effect but the fantasy doesn’t match the reality. Not only did they discover that middle-aged women who’d been previously married were more likely to seek a younger mate, they also showed that older woman/younger man relationships are rarely brief flings.The now well-known term is a bordering-on-crass slang coined to define 40-plus women with a predilection for younger gentlemen.Although the US-based magazine reasoned that the cougar-craze was a fad destined for cultural oblivion, the article offered up an intriguing explanation for the newfound popularity of older woman/younger man relationships.Older women dating younger men is far more common than previously thought, in a recent study by Mc Gill University it was found that approximately 13 percent of sexually active women between 35 and 44 have slept with a man at least 5 years their junior. On average, when an older woman and younger man start dating, the relationships last two years.So, if women from all walks of life are ignoring the stigma and are happy romancing younger men, it begs the question; what’s the appeal?But ever since the 1967 film The Graduate solidified it as the ultimate fantasy for young men and countless parodies have followed in its wake.
These articles that the main driving force that brought cougars from the wilderness was Hollywood.When ‘cougardom’ was becoming known in mainstream media, social scientists set out to explore the relationship between older women dating younger men.In their 2006 study, the University of Maine interviewed eight married couples where the wife was between 10 to 17 years older than the husband.There’s been an enormous amount of media coverage centred on older women dating younger men over the last decade.What’s actually going on underneath the tabloid tales of ‘cougars’ and their ‘cubs’?