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Why is it still older women dating younger men such a sensational topic?
It’s been nine years since Newsweek famously proclaimed 2009 as the year of the cougar.Without getting too entangled in semantics, Elite Singles resident psychologist, Salama Marine, is quick to discuss this point.“Prejudices have a tendency to stick, even if society is changing,” she says, “calling an older woman a cougar isn’t meaningless, it’s a way of defining her as a predator who’s only interested in hunting down younger prey.” Despite some of this negativity, the reality of older women dating younger men is actually long-term stability according to recent studies.When ‘cougardom’ was becoming known in mainstream media, social scientists set out to explore the relationship between older women dating younger men.
In their 2006 study, the University of Maine interviewed eight married couples where the wife was between 10 to 17 years older than the husband.
Kourtney Kardashian allegedly hooked up with Justin Bieber not long ago, while Carole Radziwill, the 50-something star of "When I was 41, I dated someone who was 33. He still enjoyed going to concerts, bars, and doing fun activities that weren't just dinner and a movie. Honestly, he made me feel younger, and when we first started dating he thought I was his age.