"When it becomes celebrity driven, it becomes acceptable to everybody. They're very successful, very independent and sophisticated." The cougar-cub relationship is a perfect fit for all kinds of couples."I do sometimes compare us to Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher because they're so successful in their relationship," said 34-year-old Stefanie Schwartz, who is engaged to 24-year-old Matt Cavender.They say, 'Well, if they do then it's OK," Canadian author Valerie Gibson who wrote the book "Cougar: A Guide for Older Women Dating Younger Men." "A cougar is a very sophisticated, a very attractive, a very sensually-aware woman, very much in control of her life. She says one of the great things about dating a younger man is that she is forced to keep up with women his age and, therefore, stays in good shape."When I first brought him over to my girlfriends house, she said, 'Oh, you've lost so much weight!' I feel like I have to keep up with women his age and look better and it just makes me feel younger. According to a recent online survey, 67 percent of women say they've dated a younger man and 49 percent of men admit to dating an older woman. They go out on their own — they're called 'cougar hunters.' They have Web sites on their own where to find cougars, what to do with them when you find them," she said.
Sparks flew when Ann Bancroft seduced Dustin Hoffman in film "The Graduate." Almost 40 years later, women everywhere — on screen and off — are flaunting their hippest accessory: a sexy, younger man."Women are so different now — there's no question," relationship writer Amy Kean told The Early Show co-anchor Russ Mitchell.
"Since the beginning of time, women have been basically valued for their youth and their beauty, and men have been valued for their ability to provide for a family.
In the days that followed, I found myself washing the gym shorts he’d left behind at my place. Recent college grads who can still shop in the juniors department.
I wish I could say this was an isolated event, but the truth is, I have a tendency to date guys who are a good decade younger than me.
' and I say, 'They're just like any other relationship: you either get along and everything works or it doesn't.' "Kean said the trend shows no signs of stopping because women are not going "back to the kitchen" and will only continue to grow stronger and more confident.