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What Does It Mean When a Woman Is Called a Cougar?
A cougar is typically defined as an older woman who is primarily attracted to and may have a sexual relationship with significantly younger men. Although precise ages vary with the definer, in general, the woman is 35 years or older, the man is more than eight years her junior. Some women and men consider "cougar" a sexist, derogatory term , but the flavor of the meaning in context varies from empowering to offensive. Current terms for men who marry or seek relationships with much younger women are such things are the derogatory "dirty old man" and more rarely, a "rhino. The term cougar is an illustration of how modern culture defines and prescribes the roles for heterosexual women and men in society. Other similar stereotypes include sugar daddy or sugar mama: what these have in common in addition to an age difference is an imbalance of power and wealth. The wealth and power are held primarily by the older person: the younger, poorer half is sometimes referred to as a "sugar baby.
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Cougar is slang for a woman who seeks sexual activity with significantly younger men. The origin of the word cougar as a slang term is debated, but it is thought to have originated in Western Canada and first appeared in print on the Canadian dating website Cougardate. The term has been variously applied to women who pursue sexual relations with men more than eight years younger than they are,  and to women over the age of 40 who aggressively pursue sexual relations with men in their 20s or 30s.