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Sunday, June 24, 2021

Zengrrl takes exception with “cougar”, a recently-coined term for the open-for-business older female:

Why cougar? Because we older women are supposedly on the prowl? And while we’re at, what exactly is the criteria for being a cougar? Do we need to sharpen our nails? Do we need to carry a membership card? And if we’re “cougars,” why do we still need to shave our legs? I’m just sayin’…

There’s no shortage of definitions, and they all point to the same basic idea. It’s as derogatory as any other reductive label, just as “kitten” or “sex kitten” is to younger socially-active women — the opposite end of this spectrum, and undoubtedly the jumping-off point for concocting the whole feline simile.

On the other hand, as Zengrrl also points out, it’s somewhat of an improvement over MILF.

For myself, I’m at the age where a) uttering such college-age slang is laughably awkward, and b) the women available women in my age group are entering the cougar zone — chronologically, if not behaviorally.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 06/24/2007 12:26:49 PM
Category: Women, Wordsmithing
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