As the novelist Kathy Lette puts it, with characteristic delicacy: "Nineteen goes into 50 a hell of a lot better than 50 goes into 19." This partly explains why the young Rod Stewart could sing about his initiation at the hands of the experienced Maggie May ("All I needed was a friend to lend a helping hand / But you turned into a lover, and mother what a lover, you wore me out").
There was even convincing evidence that cougarism was spilling over into wider society.
You have the most marvelous youth, and youth is the one thing worth having,someday when you are old and wrinkled and ugly, when thought has seared your forehead with its lines and passion branded your lips with its hideous fires, you will feel it. Teenage boys, on average, prefer girls a year older.
Take Elizabeth I, Catherine the Great and Mae West. Feminists initially embraced the idea of cougarism, seeing it not so much as a craze as an overdue rebuke to the "senior man, junior woman" template, which, it went without saying, was an imposition of the prevailing sexual tyranny.
Soon, cougar empowerment was big business, with books such as Hot Cougar Sex and Don't Call Me Ma'am!
It is one of the great facts of the world, like sunlight or springtime or the reflection in dark waters of that silver shell we call the Moon. That may be so, but at least it is not so superficial as thought is. It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances.
Gray and beauty is a form of genius-is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. People say sometimes that beauty is only superficial.
Alarie and Carmichael used data from the National Survey of Family Growth, a survey of young and middle-aged American women.
They focused on 1,519 women between the age of 35 and 44 who had been sexually active over the previous 12 months.
Psychological Reasons The talk on the streets is that older men who date younger women often do so because they want to reclaim their youth and often the older man sees the younger woman as an investment.
The investment issue is, ‘I will do all I can for you’ which involves providing financially for the younger woman.
In the past women of all ages up to about 45 prefer, on average, a man a few years older. Time magazine reports that when it comes to online dating, a woman is five times more likely to show interest in a man five years her junior than one who is five years older.
Read more: Online Dating: Women Want Younger Men | X4s Q94 These statistical findings are broad generalizations and many exceptions to the rule exist.
" The cougars, it seemed, were only doing what came naturally.