What is a male cougar called in the dating world
The earliest documented use for the term "cougar" referring to a woman seeking such a relationship is said to have been in professional sports locker-room talk.
In the 1980s, the Canadian ice hockey team the Vancouver Canucks used the term to refer to the older, single women who attended their hockey games to pursue players sexually.
That stereotype also suggests that cougars are commonly looking for fun, temporary sexual liaisons.
At the same time, they are perceived as women who strive to correspond to strict, ageist conceptions of female beauty—maintaining a youthful appearance and slimness well into middle age.
Women are not likely to want (more) children when their partner does, and while many men say that their partner's higher income is a benefit, some research shows that can lead to conflict.
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." Other terms of "alpha cougar," "beta cougar," and "sweet" or "angry" cougars appear to be categories invented by dating websites.
Although such age different relationships are not new, the baby boomer generation has embraced the notion, and the use of cosmetics, pharmaceutical products, and cosmetic surgery—coupled with better health and exercise—has made a sexy senior more common, even though the requirement of youthful appearance has not waned.
Celebrity couples made up of older women and younger men include Susan Sarandon, who was 42 at the time she started dating 30-year-old Tim Robbins in 1988; Sheryl Crowe (41) and Lance Armstrong (32) in 2003; Ivana Trump (59) and Rossano Rubicondi (36) in 2008; Rachel Hunter (37) and Jarret Stoll (24) in 2006; and Demi Moore (48) and Ashton Kutcher (27) in 2005.