A cougar is typically defined as an older woman who is primarily attracted to and may have a sexual relationship with significantly younger men.
It turns out that ‘older woman, younger man’ relationships are more common than I had thought.
In fact, there is some evidence that almost one-third of women between the ages of 40 and 69 are dating younger men – with ‘younger’ being defined as 10 or more years. A recent poll indicates that for those of us over 50, almost one-sixth prefer to date men who are in their 40s.
If you’re between seven and nine years older than your beau, your risk decreases – but only to around 20 percent compared to a woman in a relationship with a man her own age.
So, a younger woman helps a man live longer, and a younger man can put us in a grave earlier. If it’s any consolation, the same study also showed that having an older spouse is detrimental for both sexes.
Other similar stereotypes include sugar daddy or sugar mama: what these have in common in addition to an age difference is an imbalance of power and wealth.