Thursday, April 22, 2010
Cougar Hunting Season Open!
Will someone please bury the term "cougar?!!" I absolutely HATE this term and everything it represents! First, why does the word exist at all? (BTW, if you haven't gleaned it by now, I'm talking about the word used to describe a woman of a certain age with a man of a certain lesser age, not the feline). Obviously, the concept of women in their 40s or 50s who are dating men in their 20s or 30s is so unthinkable, so untenable that there must be a special word for the phenomenon to underscore its bizarre nature. Notice, there is no special word for men who date women decades younger than themselves, as this is just expected behavior. Why don't we have an animal label for these men? How about turkey vultures or dung beetles? Second, with all the tabloid and TV talk of cougars being bandied about, one would think that there are scores of middle aged women everywhere having wild sex with boy toys. I, for one, don't believe this for one minute. Just because Demi Moore and Madonna can Botox their wrinkles away and plump and lift their boobs to fight the ravages of age, childbirth, and gravity, doesn't mean that most of us middle age women have bodies that young men are drooling over. Last I heard cankles and muffin tops weren't making the pages of Penthouse! I think the image of the cougar is just one more male fantasy that needs to be given a reality check. I don't care if a woman dates a younger man; more power to her! Just put the term "cougar" on the endangered species list please!