These articles that the main driving force that brought cougars from the wilderness was Hollywood.Indeed, shows like Sex in the City paint a more sophisticated picture of a mature woman’s sexuality.

Off-screen, these relationships have flourished: The very word ‘cougar’ is most certainly moot.

Without getting too entangled in semantics, Elite Singles resident psychologist, Salama Marine, is quick to discuss this point.

It’s been nine years since Newsweek famously proclaimed 2009 as the year of the cougar.

The now well-known term is a slang coined to define 40-plus women with a predilection for younger gentlemen.

Under the tutelage of a more mature acquaintance, a young man can learn a lot about life and its meaning, both mentally and physically.

Above all, the time old adage ‘age is just a number’ couldn’t be more appropriate for older women dating younger men to bear in mind.This means that she’s on the same wavelength as her younger companion, who’s probably not entertaining the thought of starting a family.” This can be a breath of fresh air: “It enables older women to regain a bit of youthfulness with their partner,” Marine adds.A young admirer is a welcome alternative to the more vintage male, especially in the spontaneity department.When we look at how tabloids react to older women dating younger men, we can see this subconscious judgement in effect but the fantasy doesn’t match the reality.Older women dating younger men is far more common than previously thought, in a recent study by Mc Gill University it was found that approximately 13 percent of sexually active women between 35 and 44 have slept with a man at least 5 years their junior.Whereas sitcoms like Cougar Town had a less than a mature approach to these relationships.