Are all women really "cougars" at
By Allison Buchan-Terrell
Cougars are no longer a seedy bar phenomenon; they are on
the prowl, searching for cabana boys who can provide more than
A new study conducted by the American Association of Retired
People shows 35 per cent of women between the ages of 40 to
69 are interested in younger men and 34 per cent are actually
dating younger men.
Xenia Montenegro, who prepared the report with the AARP, said
women usually date older men because [older men] want to date
younger women, therefore women cannot really find dates among
their own age group.
The AARP survey covered 3,501 women 40 to 69 years old in
the United States about their appetite for strapping young
"[The] number of singles over 40 is exploding in the United
States, pushing the issue of dating to the forefront," said
Ron Geraci, special projects editor for the AARP publication,
Geraci explained women are looking for companionship and someone
to have fun with. "Older women do not have as much desire for
sex as older men do," Montenegro said, contrary to the popular "coug
"People automatically think of the Demi Moore/Ashton Kutcher
paradigm," Geraci said, which is easy to do as the remodeled
Moore and dumb struck Kutcher graced tabloid spreads weekly.
This is not the sole thrust of this phenomenon, Geraci said. "The
economic liberation in the last 35 to 40 years [has] allowed
women to be more empowered about the mates they choose," he
Whether empowerment means men who can keep up with these spry
babes or greased and golden boy toys a la Rocky in The Rocky
Horror Picture Show, the question is still up for debate.
The study focused on dating preferences of participants with
one question asking for the three most important things in
choosing someone to date; interestingly women rated financial
standing second, Geraci said.
The Gazette went in search of some youth seeking women and
found some interesting perspectives.
Frances, who works at Tim Hortons in the University Community
Centre, said "If he had lots of money [then] maybe," when asked
if she would rob the cradle.
Patti, who also works at the UCC's Tim Hortons quickly agreed
to dating younger men. "Would I? Sure I would, I'm not dead," she
said. When Patti was asked to narrow it down to a specific
age, she said "Fifteen. Then you're robbing a cradle."
"Older women, they go for security [and] younger men go for
older women for security," said Rita, a cashier at the CentreSpot
on the subject of financial security.