Over the last few weeks we’ve covered “The 7 Greatest Things about Cougars” and “How to Have Sex with a Cougar”.
These two posts covered why cougars can be so alluring, why it can be fantastic to be able to get sexually involved with them (as if you didn’t already know that), and how to go about actually getting one in bed.
You might think the cougar backlash stems from the fear of older women poaching guys from young women. Humans developed aversions to sex between family members, so seeing a young man with his arm around a more senior woman might touch on the same incest associations and leave people feeling squeamish.
Women in the low-fertility group (ages 27-45) were much more likely to report having more sex, wanting more sex, and having more (and more intense) sexual fantasies.
"If you're trying to maximize your remaining fertility, it makes sense to seek out a younger partner because his sperm is healthier," says lead researcher Judith Easton. One theory: The pairing dredges up associations with the incest taboo—a taboo that's ingrained across almost all cultures, says Christopher Ryan, author of S.
What's more, it might make evolutionary sense for an older woman to seek a younger mate.
As women decline in fertility, their sex drive gets a supercharge in order to maximize their remaining baby-making chances, new research from the University of Texas at Austin reveals.
A more common (and intuitive) theory maintains that these couples aren't at the same desirability level, a mismatch we find aversive.
Men can reproduce late in life, so an older man with a nubile woman makes more evolutionary sense than an older woman with a man in his prime.
Society, however, hasn't exactly embraced real-life "cougars" with the same fervor as Tinseltown's producers.
Earlier this year, Carnival Cruise Lines dropped its second annual "Cougar Cruise" for older single women and younger single men—even though the first voyage drew 300 spirited attendees.
That aversion, in turn, is rankling so-called cougars.
In a small study about marriages in which the women were 10 years older than their husbands, wives said they bore the brunt of the backlash.
Men may receive some gentle ribbing for marrying an older bride but manage to brush it off better, says University of Maine researcher Nichole Proulx, Ph. "Women are socialized to be extremely conscious of how they look, dress, and act, so if they do something outside of the norm, they fixate on it more so than men," she says.