We're not huge fans of the word cougar — used, for the most part, to try to humiliate women who date younger men (their "prey," known as cubs). But for better or worse, it's in the lexicon, which means that the idea that older women can still be sexy — and sexual — is out there, too. The following group of films shows that the cougar's been around in popular culture for a while, that cougar/cub desire is a two-way street, and that these couplings can be good, bad, or downright scary.
Perhaps Millbrae, CA, should start calling itself Cougar Town. This weekend, the San Francisco suburb hosted the National Cub Convention for cougars (in this case, women over 40) and the "cubs" who love them.
I'm all for women over age 40 embracing their youthful spirit and heading into the dating scene, but this report from the convention floor rubs me the wrong way. To find out why, read more
OK, not that Chewbacca. A red panda named Chewbacca at the National Zoo fathered two pandas who were recently born at another zoo in Tennessee. He missed their delivery, but hey — it was a one-night stand, and the zookeepers put him up to it. Give Chewie a friggin' break . . . (I must say, these cubs are the cutest little crawlers I ever did see!)
This isn't footage of Siegfried and Roy, nor is this made by Disney (as far as I can tell). It's footage of a lion who was raised as a cub by these two dudes and then was returned into the wild where he socialized with his pride and got on with life. Then his caretakers returned to visit. There is no sound to this, strangely, and it needs no soundtrack. The look of recognition on the lion's face shows his disbelief, then joy, and gratitude. (Man, call me corny, but I teared up at this one. And thanks for the cute title, Flippy!)
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