Couger dating younger boys

Recently, One Direction singer Harry Styles responded to rumors about his interest in older women, stating: “I don’t know where the cougar thing came from, to be honest.I don’t know why people got that impression.” The 1D heartthrob claims that, despite the gossip, he prefers dating women his own age.“Prejudices have a tendency to stick, even if society is changing,” she says, “calling an older woman a cougar isn’t meaningless, it’s a way of defining her as a predator who’s only interested in hunting down younger prey.” For an enlightening comparison it’s worth looking at an equivalent expression for older men who hook up with younger women.Whilst still packed with hidden meaning, ‘sugar daddy’ isn’t nearly as derogatory as its big-cat counterpart.

And, beyond prom, the "cougar" fad has continued to spark strong reactions to the term at schools.

On the other hand, Justin Bieber -- who is a year younger than girlfriend Selena Gomez, has stated that he would be open to dating anyone under 40.

What do you think -- is it OK to refer to a teenage girl who dates a younger boy as a "cougar"? Tell us in the comments below or tweet @Huff Post Teen!

" The mother explains that in her prom days (her date was both taller and older than her), she never would have considered taking a younger date.

Now, she finds the fact that her daughter and her daughter's friends are taking a younger men to prom unsettling.

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