Candace Bushnell Is Not a Cougar

Term is derogatory, she argues
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 24, 2009 1:37 PM CDT
In this June 4, 2008 file photo Candace Bushnell arrives at Bravo channel's first ever "The A-List Awards" at The Hammerstein Ballroom in New York.   (AP Photo/Peter Kramer,File)
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(Newser) Sex and the City scribe Candace Bushnell may be a glamorous 50-year-old married to a man 10 years her junior—but don’t call her a cougar, the New York Daily News reports. “How come every time women manage to break out of traditional roles, someone comes along and tries to ruin it with a derogatory label?” Bushnell writes in the September issue of More.

“If you're a female CEO, you're a ballbuster. And let's not even go there with Hillary Clinton. In comparison with what she gets called, I suppose cougar is fairly harmless.” And as for her husband—New York City Ballet artist Charles Askegaard—yes, he “is 10 years younger, but we've been married for seven years. And he's 40, ferchrist's sake.”