Is the cougar facing extinction? Cradle-snatchers and toyboys were already well ensconced in the lexicon of words used to describe an older woman-younger man relationship. Cougar, however, described something else entirely. A cougar hunts rather than dates and has sexual instincts rather than a sexual appetite. Or at least that's how she was sold to us. During Peak Cougar, Madonna was dating a year-old male model, Demi Moore had recently married a trucker cap and magazine editors rushed to publish interviews with 'real-life' cougars, who were apparently obliged by law to wear brightly-coloured body-con dresses and pose with glasses of champagne.
Eventually - mercifully - someone somewhere realised that there are only so many gags you can make about an older woman who has the audacity to be sexually active and the trend finally began to fade out of popular culture. The producer of the Cougar Town TV series talked about changing the name of the show.
Celebrities said they found the term offensive. Demi Moore tried to popularise the term 'puma' instead. Nobody suggested that we come up with a word for the male equivalent. The term cougar didn't become extinct, but the prurient interest and casual derision that these relationships attracted at last began to die out. The next wave of female celebrities dating younger men were still christened cougars but their relationships didn't generate the same amount of column inches or provoke the same level of MUCH YOUNGER opprobrium.
Suddenly we had sophisticated, serious older woman-younger man relationships in which neither party had anything to prove. Where once we looked at these relationships and imagined the woman sneaking out of bed at 6am every morning to put on a full face of make-up, we can now look past our initial reservations and consider them as bona fide partnerships. The rise of liberalism was a turning point, but the introduction of Brigitte Macron to international affairs was the tipping point.
As we all know by now, Brigitte, the wife of French President Emmanuel Macron, is her husband's former school teacher and the story about how they first met when he was 15 and she was 40 is outrageous by anyone's standards.
Ten years ago, the media would have feasted on this SHOCKING tale for weeks, yet examine the coverage around it - and compare it to the scandal when MP Iris Robinson's affair with a year-old was discovered - and you'll notice that a sea change is occurring. Maybe we don't want to seem provincial in front of the sexually liberated French. Maybe we feel that expressing an opinion on these matters in hyper-PC society is akin to openly disagreeing with gender pronouns or cultural appropriation.
Or maybe, just maybe, we've realised that older woman-younger man relationships are becoming more common - and the term cougar is slowly facing extinction.
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