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Cougar Mania

Cougar Mania

Date: Oct 26 2007

Themes: Pop Culture, Romance


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It’s a phenomenon that’s becoming more and more common. All across the United States, people are following the example of 44-year-old Demi Moore and her 29-year-old husband, Ashton Kutcher: Older women are pairing off with younger men.

The slang term for women in their late 30s or older who pursue men in their 20s or teens is cougar. It gets thrown around a lot these days. Watch Amanda tell Devan how someone actually had the nerve to call her a cougar.


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Amanda:  So I went to the bar the other night and somebody had the audacity of calling me a cougar. Do you know what that is?

Devan:  Cougar? You mean like the older woman that likes to sleep with a younger man?

Amanda:  Yeah. Apparently that’s what it was and I was kind of offended by that.

Devan:  I don’t think you’re old enough to be a cougar.

Amanda:  I don’t think so either. I thought there had to be about 20 years difference of the girl and the guy.

Devan:  I think that’s about right. Doesn’t the woman have to be at least 40 to technically be a cougar?

Amanda:  I think so. And possibly married. And possibly with children. Yeah. So have you ever stopped to think about what the draw is from the woman to the man and the man to the woman in this case?

Devan:  Well, I think it’s because they’re both at their sexual peak.

Amanda:  I hadn’t really thought about that. So for a guy, what, 20-something?

Devan:  I’ve heard that a man’s sexual peak is 18 and a woman’s is 35.

Amanda:  Really? So I have two years to go…

Devan:  Maybe you should find an 18-year-old in the next couple of years.

Amanda:  Maybe! Like your brother, right? Not so much?

Devan:  Not so much.

Amanda:  Oh. Well it’s weird, because as a mother having a son, I’m not sure how comfortable I would be if he came home in high school and had a 40-year-old girlfriend.

Devan:  Yeah. You stay away from my brother.

Amanda:  Okay. Good to know. Note to self.



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When Amanda went to the bar the other day, someone called her a cougar. Devan says that Amanda is too young to be a cougar and Amanda agrees. They agree that the ideal cougar is over 40, about 20 years older than her lover, possibly married and possibly a mother. Most cougars are also very predatory when it comes to securing their young prey. That’s why they’re named for large, wild cats.

Amanda asks Devan why she thinks older women are going for younger men and vice versa. She immediately responds that she thinks it’s because the male sexual peak is 18 while a woman’s is 35.

Devan’s brother sounds like a good young lover to Amanda, but Devan doesn’t like the idea of them together one bit.

Why do you think older women and younger men get together?



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murad ali


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07:43 AM Apr 28 2010 |

murad ali

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08:02 PM Mar 27 2010 |

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age is not important but if a person just 15s with a 40s, it might be quite crasy

03:39 AM Mar 25 2010 |





12:46 PM Mar 17 2010 |



Just like the woman in Cougar Town TV. It's kind of like old cow is chewing tender grass

05:37 AM Mar 15 2010 |





12:08 PM Mar 14 2010 |




I think it´s a thing that is only of  the own interest of lovers. The age don´t matters. But they must to have nerves to overcome the prejudice. My father-in-law is 80and his girlfriend is 30. He knowsthat love has no future. On five years he will probabily sexually unuseful to her, and she will be on the peak.  Well,while viagra support him, he goes on. And his affair continues.

02:38 PM Feb 25 2010 |


Russian Federation

My mom has boyfriend with a 15 years old diference and she really worry about it but they love each other and i think this important in love.Her boyfriend richer than my mom and here isnt reason of money.Its really LoveSmile

01:55 PM Feb 19 2010 |

the beginners

Saudi Arabia

love doesn't have age but at the same time people need to be reasonable .

i guess what I'm trying to say is I'm OK if a 20 years old marry a 28 but i don't think its right that  a 20 years old guy or girl marry 40 years man or woman.

03:12 PM Feb 05 2010 |



I agree with Devan; maybe women around 40 and men around 18 are both in their sexual peak and hunting for a partner for a, well, "hot" sexual intercourse… ;)

11:06 PM Feb 02 2010 |

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it is good for herself to have a younger friend. when they are both happy

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I´m agree, It´s only love and the ages it´s not important.

11:58 PM Jan 18 2010 |



I think that if they really love each other. I agree with them

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