the urban dictionary seems to validate our theory as indicated in this here [most popular]definition:
an older woman who frequents clubs in order to score with a much younger man. The cougar can be anyone from an overly surgically altered wind tunnel victim, to an absolute sad and bloated old horn-meister, to a real hottie or milf. Cougars are gaining in popularity -- particularly the true hotties -- as young men find not only a sexual high, but many times a chick with her shit together.
so then we started talking about the cougars in our lives and then pondered at what age one becomes a cougar. we all agreed that most likley, cougars start to form in the late 30s, or early 40s. the age break is quite subjective, it turns out, but we all agreed 35 was probably at the younger end. we assured a paranoid young natalie that she was in no way in dangerous cougar territory at the tender age of 25. ah, sweet natalie.
anyway! i felt good that none of my friends would be considered cougars, although most of them are dating/in serious relationships anyway... but it is something to be wary of in the next few years as they approach the *gulp* mid-30s.
[incidentally, my friend L is currently dating a man approximately 7 years younger than her, but she is a fresh young 30 yet... hmmmm]
my point? was.. oh! i was perusing OK on the treadmill this morning and i noticed an article on the TOP 10 COUGARS (timely topic indeed). the list included some obvious cougars; pamela anderson, dina lohan, ellen barkin...but then it also included cameron diaz (35) and drew barrymore (32). really?
what do you guys think? should drew barrymore be considered a COUGAR?? she seems so young to me. and she's older than me by a whole year! am i in AGE DENIAL here?
happy hunting/being hunted!