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There’s been an enormous amount of media coverage centred on older women dating younger men over the last decade.
What’s actually going on underneath the tabloid tales of ‘cougars’ and their ‘cubs’?
Why is it still such a sensational topic and what are the perks (and pitfalls) of entering into a partnership where age knows no bounds?
It’s been nine years since Newsweek famously proclaimed 2009 as the year of the cougar.
Since then, there have been many think pieces dedicating to the phenomenon that is older women dating younger men.
These articles that the main driving force that brought cougars from the wilderness was Hollywood.
Indeed, shows like Sex in the City paint a more sophisticated picture of a mature woman’s sexuality.
Whereas sitcoms like Cougar Town had a less than mature approach to these relationships.
But ever since the 1967 film The Graduate solidified it as the ultimate fantasy for young men and countless parodies have followed in its wake.
Off-screen, these relationships have flourished: The very word ‘cougar’ is most certainly moot.