However, what’s actually going on underneath the pop-style commentary and tabloid tales of ‘cougars’ and their ‘cubs’?
The study's findings may be more important than they appear with suggestions that regular sex could be one of the secrets to a long life.
Professor Holly Thomas, of Pittsburgh University, said: “One of the most enlightening findings of this study was the large number of women who had successfully adapted to any negative changes by modifying their expectations regarding sexual activity, putting more emphasis on the emotional and intimacy aspects of sex, or adapting the sex acts themselves.” The researchers, whose findings will be presented at the North American Menopause Society’s annual meeting in Orlando next month, noted there had been “numerous” quantitative studies about the decline in sexual function among middle-aged women.
Sad for us women, but sadder yet for these men who, despite their self-image, often turn out to be incredibly old fogies. Am very discouraged that all the men I have contacted want "perfect" (i.e.
in perfect health, gorgeous, with perfect figure) women 20 years younger than they are.
However these assets can sometimes work against us, making many middle aged single women appear scary to potential suitors.
Questions such as why is she on her own or is she a desperate husband-hunter are probably in a man’s mind before he has even said hello. I spent years frowning and speaking my mind, only to find that stroppy single behaviour may look good on adolescents with attitude but is very unappealing on anyone over 35.The now well-known term wasn’t a reference to the Chinese calendar; rather, it was a bordering-on-crass idiom coined to define 40-plus women with a predilection for younger gentlemen.Although the US-based magazine reasoned that the cougar-craze was a fad destined for cultural oblivion, the article offered up an intriguing explanation for the newfound popularity of older woman/younger man relationships.Straight men of all ages tend to have their romantic sights set on women in their mid-twenties, while women prefer men who are about the same age as they are, according to a new study.The survey out Friday, financed by the government-backed research funding group Academy of Finland, gathered data on 12,000 Finns and found that women, on average, are looking for partners who are about their age or slightly older.And the women targeted by men ten or more years older tend to be unimpressed or even irked as well. Nevertheless, many men do in fact seek women of their age and the average ages difference between males and females of couples meeting via Science Connection is very small - 2 or 3 years on average.