Cougar dating younger men
As women decline in fertility, their sex drive gets a supercharge in order to maximize their remaining baby-making chances, new research from the University of Texas at Austin reveals.
Women in the low-fertility group (ages 27-45) were much more likely to report having more sex, wanting more sex, and having more (and more intense) sexual fantasies.
He said, 'She looks like a cougar on the prowl.' I decided to make it a term for women 40-plus who date younger men and don't want to settle down." Other experts have expanded the definition to include older women who have long-term relationships with and marry men 10-plus years their junior.
The cougar craze has reached a fever pitch, with Hollywood rolling out productions that manage to both glamorize and mock the archetype.
Witness Courteney Cox as the hot-but-hapless cradle-robber in .
Men may receive some gentle ribbing for marrying an older bride but manage to brush it off better, says University of Maine researcher Nichole Proulx, Ph. "Women are socialized to be extremely conscious of how they look, dress, and act, so if they do something outside of the norm, they fixate on it more so than men," she says.
Though women who date younger men might feel like societal outcasts, their ranks are growing: The number of marriages where the woman is 5 to 10 years older than her spouse is small (5.4 percent and 1.3 percent, respectively), but rates have doubled between 19, according to census data.
It's not hard to explain the trend—females live longer, they're financially independent, and they look hotter than ever (think: Restylane and retinols).
"I had a friend who told me about this awful bar," Gibson recalls.
"There was a woman there who was flirting with younger guys.