Whilst still packed with hidden meaning, ‘sugar daddy’ isn’t nearly as derogatory as its big-cat counterpart.
Instead it’s a jocular reaffirmation of man’s traditional role as father-figure and provider of material wealth (and woman’s role as recipient).
In search of clarity, we set out on a mission to look beyond the loaded monikers and dubious hype surrounding older woman/younger man relationships.
Why is it still such a sensational topic and what are the perks (and pitfalls) of a partnership where age knows no bounds?
What’s more, the way in which news outlets around the world, included, represented the issue is perhaps more telling of the way older women are perceived by society.
First off, the very word ‘cougar’ is most certainly moot.
Around about the same time cougardom exploded into the mainstream, social scientists became increasingly immersed in researching age-dissimilar couples where the woman is the older party.
Indeed, in 2015, an Elite Singles study of 450,000 members revealed the ideal age-gap for modern romance, and the results were startling - while older men prefer younger women, younger men actually prefered to date someone older than themselves.While women in their twenties want to either date someone older or the same age, women in their 50s and 60s are willing to open their hearts to someone younger - a synergy that may go some way towards explaining the older women dating younger men phenomenon.Of course, there are other benefits to such an arrangement, and indeed, you don’t need to be too imaginative to picture what the benefits of an older woman/younger man relationship might be.After pulling data from the National Survey of Family Growth, the Canadian initiative found that approximately 13 percent of sexually active women between 35 and 44 have slept with a man at least 5 years their junior.And, not only did they discover that middle aged women who’d been previously married were more likely to seek a younger mate, they also showed that older woman/younger man relationships are rarely brief flings (on average they last for 2 years).