THE BUSINESS OF BEING A 'COUGAR'
Someone mentioned that "Fake Jane" needs a break, so she's holed up in a La Jolla spa buried under two inches of mud mask sipping a mojito through an elongated straw.
It's just as well, because she wouldn't know what to make of the fuss over the word "cougar." For those not familiar with the (possibly derogatory) term, a "cougar" is an older woman who preys on younger men. May-December romances are actually the norm in Hollywood, when it's Miss May and Mr. December. You don't see MR. May hooking up with MISS December very often (though Fake Jane earlier cheered "cougar" Mariah Carey marrying Nick Cannon).
But cougars are reaching critical mass, so much so that First Wives World is debating whether the term is a compliment or an insult.
On one side is FWW Editor-in-Chief Jill Brooke, who likes the term. It's empowering, she says, adding that actresses like Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Demi Moore, Susan Sarandon and Kim Cattrall would LIKE being called a cougar. I think Jennifer Aniston would be mortified to learn she's now reached the age where she's cougarable.
On the other hand, FWW's "Chief Executive Girlfriend" Debbie Nigro hates the word.
"It just makes it sound like older women are pouncing on innocent young men, when truthfully we are 'treating them' to the experience of wisdom and an occasional expensive dinner," says Nigro.
She's hoping readers will come up with a new word. One reader responded, "I would rather be called a 'cougar' than a 'sugar mama.'"