The cougar phenomenon is spreading—in the UK, one 39-year-old woman runs a camp teaching aspiring cougars how to attract younger men. “Who cares, you may cry. Women should be fighting back over an ageist, youth-obsessed society,” writes Helen Croydon in the Independent. True as that may be, “a workshop teaching women to force their pheromones on to the younger male seems predatory”—imagine if the sexes in that situation were flipped.
“More to the point, though, why on earth would any woman want to date a younger man?” Croydon continues. “They don't have a penny to rub together and their idea of haute cuisine is a two-for-one deal at Pizza Express and a bottle of Jacob's Creek.” The bottom line? “If I wanted the doe-eyed affections of a younger man I would get myself a puppy. No thanks, I'd much prefer a seasoned panther.”