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 I’m perplexed…and honestly a little pissed off.  OK, I don’t really feel that pissed off…but my sense of fairness is heightened.

Why is there no male counterpart to cougar? I ain’t talking about the 4-legged type.

What the heck is wrong with this picture?

I demand equal rights.

Isn’t this the 21st Century?  Isn’t this a time of equality?

So, when a man dates a woman 20 years younger, it’s cool….manly…hot… They get winks of congratulations from their male friends. Even envied.

But when a woman dates someone even 10 years younger….she’s a cougar. She gets….”the look”.  Excuse me?

AND then….there is the word….matronly. When we say a woman is matronly, we can all pretty much picture her.


Merriam-Webster’s definition of Matronly is: having the character of or suitable to a matron   Examples of MATRONLY

  1. She feared she was becoming a matronly old woman.
  2. She wore a matronly blue dress.

First Known Use of MATRONLY:  1656

So where’s the male equivalent of matronly?  There isn’t one.

Hmmmmm…time for new words.

I say we create the word patronly.  Yeah…….let’s see….the definition will be: having the character of or suitable to an old man. Examples of PATRONLY

  1. He feared he was becoming a patronly old man.
  2. He wore a patronly blue suit.


I like it.

Now it’s your turn.  We need an animal for the male version of Cougar.

What do you think?  Post your suggestions. 

Level playing field…that’s all I’m saying…….

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