She is comparatively wealthy, or at least financially independent, and she expresses her sexuality by publicly pursuing younger men for casual relationships or sexual encounters.She does so, she says, because she wants a partner who appreciates and can satisfy a sexually assertive and financially independent woman.While May-December romances involving older men with younger women are par for the course, there is often a double standard when it comes to older women dating younger men, even when those women are just in their 30s.
A cougar is typically defined as an older woman who is primarily attracted to and may have a sexual relationship with significantly younger men.
Although precise ages vary with the definer, in general, the woman is 35 years or older, the man is more than eight years her junior.
In terms of nonpermanent relationships, however, Alarie cites a National Survey of Family Growth finding that, in 2002, at least 13 percent of women in the U. ages 35 to 44 had had sex at least once with a man who was at least five years younger, and 5 percent with a man who was more than 10 years younger.
A third of the women said they had had sex with a man who was older than they were by five years, and 14 percent at least 10 years older.
Sociologist Milaine Alarie compiled statistics for her 2018 Ph. thesis on the subject of the relationships defined as older women and younger men. Census reported that women were older than their husbands by four years or more in only 7.9 percent of marriages, and by 10 years in 1.7 percent.