What??? Cougar Women don't really exist? All of you fabulous females reading this better pinch yourselves to make sure you're real, because according to researchers in Australia The Cougar Phenomenon is a lie.
A study of 22,400 singles from all over the world listed on popular dating websites found a "consistent cross-cultural preference by women for at least same-age or significantly older men." However, there was "copious evidence revealing a distinctive preference by men for youthful women."
Lead researcher Michael Dunn of the University of Wales Institute told the Australian Associated Press: "Yes I do believe the cougar phenomenon is a myth and, yes, [it is] a media construct." He added that "a clear beneficiary [of this myth] would be the 'cougar' or 'toy-boy' dating agencies." The fantasy of the older woman who seeks out younger men is simply "in no way reflective of the desires evident in the general population."
How ridiculous is that? I have been talking to thousands of cougar women for over three years now and I can assure you they are not only real but they are thriving. The older woman, younger man relationship is not a trend – i'ts here to stay. I can't go anywhere without finding women who are are in serious relationships with younger men. And, let me assure you, they are an exceptionally happy group.
The study has a major flaw. They went to dating sites to collect data. Real Cougars aren't out prowling for men, they are too busy living their full, happy, delicious lives. And, 9 times out of 10, it's the men who are in hot pursuit, not the women. That growl and prowl routine is just ridiculous media hype. It's not happening that way in the real world.
So, please all you naysayers, give your older women phobia a rest. We are smart, confident, independent and we're going to continue to make waves, whether you like it or not. It's finally our turn and were saying "damn the torpedoes – full speed ahead".