Madonna. Demi Moore. Sandra Bullock. These glamourous older woman have apparently inspired a rise in the number of women seeking a toyboy. These women have been dubbed ‘cougars’ for the way they stalk the urban jungle on the prowl for younger men with softer skin, fitter bodies and no signs of hair loss.
However, Demi Moore, 46, said recently that she doesn’t understand why she’s been labeled a ‘cougar’. “I’m certainly not the first person to be in a relationship with a younger man, but somehow I was plucked out as a bit of a poster girl,” the actress told W magazine. Moore’s new husband, Ashton Kutcher, is 15 years younger than her and, unlike her ex Bruce Willis, shows no signs of baldness (yet). Despite the difference in looks, Moore insists she is in love with Kutcher and that age has nothing to do with their relationship.
There does however seem to have been a shift in women’s tastes in men over the last few years. According to Parship, an online dating company, back in 2005 just 8% of single women in their 40s and 50s said they would date a man five or more years younger than themselves. Today, over a third said they would consider a younger man. This new trend has led to the UK’s first free toyboy dating website to be launched. ToyBoyConnection.com is a dating service built exclusively for women looking to meet younger men.
“Nobody can deny there’s been a real dating revolution over the past few years,” comments ToyBoyConnection.com founder, Nick Burnham. “Many of our female members are youthful, attractive, independent and single well into their 40’s, 50’s and even 60’s. They certainly know what they want from life – and often this isn’t a guy of similar age with a thinning hairline and a thickening waist-line. To them, younger men are the more attractive option: they usually have a much more open-minded attitude and zest for life, while seldom coming with the baggage of their middle-aged counterparts. At the same time, our male members are expressly looking to date older women precisely because they see them as more self-assured, free-spirited and appealing than women their own age.”
It seems the toyboy seeker has been given a make-over. Instead of the frustrated Mrs Robinson-type, we now see strong A-list celebrity women confidently discussing and showing off in public their relationships with younger men. This toyboy theme has been explored by Courtney Cox in the hit US TV show, Cougar Town, and by Catherine Zeta-Jones in the new movie, The Rebound, which tells the story of her 40-year-old character falling for a 25-year-old babysitter.
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