When Courteney Cox is banking her post-Friends career on a show titled Cougar Town, you know the trend of older women dating younger men has reached its tipping point. The term cougar isn't just a punchline anymore. And why should it be? As Demi Moore might say, "what's wrong with women asserting their sexual needs and romantic desires with younger partners?"
If cougars are here to stay, where better to gain insight into their mating habits than the National Single Cougars Convention? The gathering, held in Palo Alto, California, brought together over 250 cougars and "cubs" (younger, presumably nubile men). While the good folks from the Society of Professional Singles have been holding local cougar parties for several years, the cougar convention was the first to take the event national (and even international; cougars flew in from as far away as the UK to attend). 5 Reasons Being A Cougar Rocks
Despite my wife's blessing, I was slightly nervous as I said goodbye to her and our kids and drove to the event. While I felt OK about my prospects as cougar bait (I'm 34, reasonably tall and good-looking, with a charm that never fails, at least on schoolmarms and grandmas), I had a nagging fear that I'd end up an aging wallflower in a sea of hot, young twentysomethings.
When I arrived at the hotel where the convention was being held, I was glad I'd booked my tickets weeks in advance—the event was sold out. The only people, male or female, the bouncers were letting through without tickets were the abjectly, overtly desperate.
"The magic number seems to be two and a half hours," said a handsome brunette in a red dress. "I only drove down from San Francisco, so I'm out of luck."
"So what are you going to do?" I asked.
"My friend and I met two guys who also got rejected," she said. They gave us their numbers, and we're going out for drinks." She winked. "Maybe I'll have a good story for you tomorrow."