Definition of dating a cougar
Shevell is 17 years younger than the former Beatle.
While the image of the puma as a single woman interested in an older, experienced and possibly divorced man seems to be growing in the UK, there is no evidence that this new meaning is embraced or even recognized in the U. Yet, the picture of a young, nubile woman dating a seasoned man is far from uncommon.
Hollywood celebrity Jennifer Aniston has long been associated with the term due to her relationships with younger men, most notably John Mayer (nine years younger).
For example, actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler caught a lot of public flak when she announced her engagement. In Great Britain, journalist Hanna Betts describes a puma as "a single woman in pursuit of a mature partner with experience under his belt." An example is PR executive Amanda Sheppard, who at 29 years old ensnared aging pop singer Bryan Ferry, 66.
This new definition of puma seems to have surfaced with the release of a study in February 2012 -- commissioned by UK matchmaking service The Picnic Project -- on what women want in a man.
According to The Picnic Project, "These ' Pumas' -- so called because they're interested in dating previously married and attractive men -- hail a new trend in women seeking experience over youth."The idea that divorced men who have lived, loved and lost will treat their potential mates with more sensitivity, care, and understanding than younger men appears to have caught on in the UK; the Daily Mail Online, drawing from The Picnic Project's findings, concludes "more than half a million women would rather date a mature divorced man than someone younger than them.
And 48,000 single British women are actively seeking men with a failed marriage behind them."The Daily Mail cites Paul Mc Cartney’s third wife Nancy Shevell as a puma.
There was a woman there who was flirting with younger guys.