Cougar dating age difference


It's also a slang term for a woman's dating life and, more specifically, the age of the partner she seeks. Demi Moore, in an interview with W magazine in March 2010 (at age 47), expressed her displeasure with the cougar label and said, "I'd prefer to be called a puma," referring to her (now defunct) marriage to Ashton Kutcher who is 16 years younger than Moore.However, there are two conflicting definitions of a puma (as the term refers to women) and the word appears to have different meanings in the U. Despite Moore's attempt to use the terms interchangeably, a puma is widely regarded as a woman under 40 who prefers younger men while the cougar label is applied to women in their 40s and 50s who seek out younger male companions who are at least 10 years younger and often half their age. Hollywood celebrity Jennifer Aniston has long been associated with the term due to her relationships with younger men, most notably John Mayer (9 years younger).



Shevell -- who is 51 -- is 17 years younger than the former Beatle.While the image of the puma as a single woman interested in an older, experienced and possibly divorced man seems to be growing in the UK, there is no evidence that this new meaning is embraced or even recognized in the U. Yet, the picture of a young, nubile woman dating a seasoned man is far from uncommon.Society continues to put labels on what women desire -- whether referring to older or younger partners.But, ultimately, women continue to push back on old taboos and seek out the romantic partners of whatever age they want.

A 2010 British psychological study published in Evolution and Human Behavior asserted that men and women, in general, continue to follow traditional gender roles when searching for mates, and thus concluded that the posited "cougar phenomenon" does not exist, or more precisely, exists but is rare.

The study found that most men preferred younger, physically attractive women, while most women, of any age, preferred successful, established men their age or older.