Combining these definitions for today’s purposes, I’ll liberally define a cougar as: an older woman, at least 30 years or older, who purposely dates younger men, at least 6 years or more her junior, who is usually more financially stable and mentally independent than the younger men she dates.I grappled in fierce hand-to-hand combat with a few wild cougars in my younger years. My oldest encounter involved a woman 15 years my senior – I’ll respectfully refuse to provide her age.The MSNBC editorial staff does not participate in the creation of Web MD content and is not responsible for Web MD content.
Though hardly a scientific study, the research surfaced three myths such couples hear every time: Myth No.
1 - "He will leave you for a younger woman." Winter says they did not find one younger man who did this, at least for a specific woman and because she was younger.
This can create pain." Voltages are not a factor of age, she says.
"What you don't want," she explains, "is one partner wanting to go out, the other stay in; one willing to talk, the other wanting space (and silence to enjoy it)." Dealing with the flak Susan Winter is co-author, with Felicia Brings, of "Older Women, Younger Men: New Options for Love and Romance".
She simply wants to have fun.” An ABC News story exploring the emerging phenomenon in the early 2000s is a bit more specific, “women usually in their 30s and 40s, who are financially stable and mentally independent and looking for a younger man to have fun with.” Last but not least, Dictionary.com: Cougar [koo-ger] noun, Informal.