My husband’s new car came with Sirius radio. When we take the car on our treks, we tend to fight over which station we get to listen to. I prefer Frank Sinatra and rock classics, and my husband immediately picks the NFL channel. So, in the quest to keep a peaceful household, we take turns. The funny thing about satellite radio is that they seem to have the same ads running over and over. On the NFL channel, one of the ads that I am most fond of is for a Web site called Cougarlife.com.
Unless you only watch Animal Planet, you have to know that the cougars the radio ad is referring to are older women who date younger men. Let me just state that I have no problem or bias against this kind of relationship. To me, compatibility has nothing to do with the year on one’s birth certificate. There are thirty-year-olds who have more in common with the fifty-year-olds. What it comes down to is “whatever floats your boat.”
With that said, let me tell you a little about the site and radio ad. CougarLife is a dating service, and it is run by a woman who is a cougar herself. With radio spots, brevity is essential, and the ad has to cut right to the chase, and that chase is sex. The radio spot tells men, who are known as cubs on the site, that soccer moms are waiting for them. Yep, newly divorced women are ready to try out younger blood. Today’s cougars want hard bodies. They want men who look good, men who appreciate the sophistication of an older woman, men who are not intimidated by a woman’s success, and most importantly, men who can have sex over and over again all night long without the need of a little blue pill. Kudos to these women who find these men. They are truly heroines in my book!
The cougar theme has really gained a great deal of momentum during the last few years, and we see more of it on television. ABC has a show with Courteney Cox called Cougar Town. Frankly, I can’t imagine any man of any age turning down Courteney Cox for anything. I am not sure if many women would either. More—a publication for women over forty has the Cougar Café which celebrates the younger man-older woman relationship, and there are plenty of stories of happy endings.
Even the cartoon Family Guy got into the theme when Brian the dog dated a fifty-year-old woman who, by the way, the animators made look so old that I wanted to cry because all I could think was: Is that what I am going to look like at fifty? I would have sent a nasty note to them, but I am guessing Family Guy gets a lot of nasty notes each week and probably wouldn’t even notice my little complaint. Besides Brian the dog did a nice rant on the double standard that exists with older women-younger men couples. Of course, Brian is supposedly eight years old, so in human years, isn’t he older than the woman? And my last little comment on this show: He’s a dog! Shouldn’t the fact that a dog is dating a woman be more of an attention getter than the whole age difference question?
Sorry, I appear to have digressed. The thing about the CougarLife Web site that is advertised on Sirius is that it just stresses sex in the ad, and it makes me think that the women who sign up for this site must be these beautiful bombshells. Hey, I work out three times a week, but I think I might need plastic surgery before I join up.
When I was expressing my insecurity about my looks and how I would do on the Cougar site to my husband, he looked at me so sweetly and said. “You’re freaking (I cleaned that up) married—TO ME! Why is this even an issue?”
Okay, I was looking more for words like, “Oh, Babe, you haven’t changed since the day we met,” but apparently those thoughts did not cross his mind! I have to admit that I was a tad disappointed in his response. Oh well, I guess I can see his point, but in my defense, he is three years older than me, and with that age difference, I might have to be prepared!