I'm really looking forward to watching Cougar Town which starts on TV in Australia tomorrow night. The TV station's been airing previews for the last month and it looks like a good laugh, despite the use of that hideous term 'cougar'. Every time the previews come on my loving fiance, ever the smart a**, turns to me and says 'Ahh the Cougar! That's you Nic!' Haha ok honey you've had your fun, so what does that make you, a small rodent? Now PIPE DOWN!
True I'm 9 years older than fiance, but I really do object to the term. It just sounds so callous and predatory. Certainly for me, there was no hunting for prey involved. It was simply a meeting of the heart and mind. Everybody: 'awwwwwwww'. Violin strings aside, no one is really sure where the term originated from though it's been a form of Canadian slang for many years, and was then also popularised by Valerie Gibson in her book Cougar: A Guide for Older Women Dating Younger Men. Either way it seems to have ingrained itself in popular culture.
So, if I am going to be likened to a hunting cat, I'd prefer to seen as a lioness. A lioness is a more sociable animal, living in a family group or pride. Cougars on the other hand are more solitary animals and only come together to mate. More appropriately, the lioness does most of the hunting, then the lion comes in, shoos her away and eats all the food. Now that's something I can relate to in my household! Yep, definitely a lioness!