Now this is upsetting to me.
I was at the beach with my friend Emme yesterday and, while we were admiring the young 20-something, tanned and toned lifeguards, when got into a conversation about how old a woman is before she can be considered a "cougar" -- you know, the older woman on the prowl to date the younger man. Em alluded to the fact that we (ages 32 and 33) were very close, if not already there.
"No way," I said.
When I think of a cougar, I think of Samantha from Sex and the City, a woman at least in her mid-to-late-forties. So, imagine my surprise when I returned home from my girl's day to find out that Jennifer Aniston, 39, has topped a list as one website's Favorite Cougar!
I might have to cry.
But, here's the catch -- Wowowow.com defined the very popular term "cougar" as "a woman, typically 35 or older, who is in a relationship with a man who is younger than she by eight to ten years or more." So Jen fits the bill, considering she's hooking up with John Mayer, who's only 30.
You know who else is on the list? Halle Berry, Demi Moore, and Madonna.
I guess, if the ridiculously hot and sexy Halle, 41, who just had a baby with the gorge Gabriel Aubry, who is ten years her junior, is being considered a cougar, then maybe Emme and I should just embrace the term. I'd like to be grouped with Halle, Demi and Jen any day. But weigh in here, how old is a woman before she can be considered a "cougar" -- and tell me if you think the term is offensive.