There was a recent dispute in the RedEye offices over what exactly makes a woman a "cougar." Oh....rookies! There are actually three very distinct classifications of feline that roam the friendly streets of Chicago. Let me enlighten the blogosphere on the complexities of womankind.
With far more sophisticated techniques, the puma has grace that only comes once a woman hits her 30s. The puma is at the top of her game. If she chooses to date a younger man, it's because he is able to meet her level and offer a challenge. Kittens could never keep a puma's man interested. A puma knows what she wants from her career, life AND men. Her advances are so subtle and powerful that a man won't realize he's being hunted until it's too late. Jennifer Aniston flaunted her sexy puma prowess when she nabbed John Mayer, a known womanizer and moving target, at the height of his career and libido.
A cougar is a 40+ woman who will pick off the young and dumb of the pack with swift strength. The cougar is past the point of playing games and has one thing on her mind...and that thing is tow-headed Abercrombie + Fitch models. The cougar loves being the older, more experienced woman and teaching young Tomcats new tricks. Linda Hogan, with her bleached blonde hair and outrageously sexy outtfits jumped on her first chance to snap up a 20-year-old blatant boy toy as soon as divorce proceedings began with the Hulk. This woman went for the kill! I'm not going to hate on you, Linda!
The Moral Of The Story: There has always been a certain fascination with the seductive Mrs. Robinson-types, but as a culture we seem to be progressing more and more into empowering women to be the masters of their own sexuality. In a day of botox and face lifts, women have the opportunity to stay "youthful" for longer...and yet it is the older woman who has carved out a spot for herself as the queen of the mating pyramid. Getting older just got a whole lot less terrifying.
(Celeb Photos Credited to AP, Cat/Puma/Cougar Photo Credited to sxc.hu)