"Our families were horrified at first," Berlin says.
Amy Luna Manderino stumbled into her 2010 cougar cruise experience somewhat accidentally -- by winning tickets after accompanying a friend to a cougar event. we didn’t share the same values and priorities.” Manderino –- who got more involved with cougar events after the cruise, and was even crowned 2011’s Miss Cougar International -– is just one of hundreds of singles who have gone on cougar cruises.
As women decline in fertility, their sex drive gets a supercharge in order to maximize their remaining baby-making chances, new research from the University of Texas at Austin reveals.
Women in the low-fertility group (ages 27-45) were much more likely to report having more sex, wanting more sex, and having more (and more intense) sexual fantasies.
So a young man on the arm of an older woman looks like he's dating below his level. If the woman's smoking hot (think: Demi Moore), she's not judged as harshly because the pair's mate values appear equal, Barber says.
Ryan draws parallels between the backlash against a less fertile older woman with a virile young man and the recent uproar about gay marriage.
What's more, it might make evolutionary sense for an older woman to seek a younger mate.Though women who date younger men might feel like societal outcasts, their ranks are growing: The number of marriages where the woman is 5 to 10 years older than her spouse is small (5.4 percent and 1.3 percent, respectively), but rates have doubled between 19, according to census data.It's not hard to explain the trend—females live longer, they're financially independent, and they look hotter than ever (think: Restylane and retinols).Men can reproduce late in life, so an older man with a nubile woman makes more evolutionary sense than an older woman with a man in his prime.Psychologist Nigel Barber, author of , says our gut reaction to the incongruency reflects how we quickly size up a person's mate value: by his or her looks.