Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Are older women losing their luster?

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 11:05 AM

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It's been the year(s) of the Cougar. At first we were intrigued by older women dating younger men. It was as if they were telling society if the men can do it, so can we. Then it became a joke. The subject of sit-coms and movies where Betty White (who I think is more like a dinosaur  than a cougar) hitting on men young enough to be her great-great grandsons.

As I was reading my colleague's nightlife tale of older women trying to pick him up, it got me thinking — Is this really what young men think when women of a certain age (carrying flip phones) try to cozy up to them?

There was the woman who stared me down at Alley Cat. “I’m looking at you, silly!” she yelled out when I tried to sidestep her gaze. She proceeded to tell me she moved to Charlotte 17 years ago for a job. Everything else she said afterward was white noise because all I could think was, “Damn, I was 6!”

Then there was the woman who made it her mission to get me to dance at Luna Lounge, going as far as taking my Blackberry from me. I half-heartedly complied, but about midway through the blaring ’90s hip-hop and my non-committal two-step, it struck me how this one song held completely different places in our psyches. She was excited like they played this at her prom (granted, they probably did). I only heard this song around my older cousins.

It's always been a double standard when it comes to women and dating. She can't have too many exes or she's a crazy slut, yet a man can have five ex-wives and we still think he's a good catch.

Take George Clooney for example. He's a serial dater and the last time he dated someone his own age was probably during his days on The Facts of Life.

The world laughed when Linda Hogan, the ex-wife of Hulk Hogan, began dating Charlie Hill, a dude the same age as her daughter. But what did people say about the Brooke Hogan lookalike Hulk dated? Not much.

But if younger men, the men cougars want, aren't interested, does this mean the jokes will end?

Because if your night is ending like this:

By the end of the night when others are sealing the deal, I’m usually admitting I was born in 1986 and either being laughed at, followed by an abrupt exit or, the weirder of the two, only endearing myself more to these potential cougs.

Is there really a point in trying?

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