24 November 2010

Who is a cougar?

Cougars - older women who date young men - are currently in the news. But what is it about cougars, exactly?

The case of a Manda Reyneke, accused of attempting to have the young rugby player Deon Helberg killed, has filled the news this week.

  • Being health-conscious means longer lives, better fitness levels and bodies in better shape
  • A high divorce rate finds a percentage of women over the age of 45 single again – by choice or necessity
  • For many women in their 40's, sex is better. Whether it's about patience, acceptance of their bodies or experience, sex is something they enjoy.
  • Greater independence for women, both financially and in society, has brought with it confidence and choice.

  • older women have sexual experience,
  • they are more likely to be financially self-sufficient
  • their stability and the support they offer can be very attractive to younger men

  • Being taken advantage of by predatory young men who prefer to be “kept”, rather than bringing home the tofu.
  • Exposure to STI's by Lotharios who have done too many unprotected laps across the dating pool.
  • Coping with insecurity and doubts about losing him to a woman closer to his own age


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