Catching a Cougar

September 24, 2014 - 1 minute read

Dating a mature woman in her mid-30s and 40s doesn’t carry with it the stigma that it did in the years before, thanks to network television picking up shows like Desperate Housewives and Cougar Town (as terrible as they are). But are you ready to date an older woman? Read this cheat sheet before you decide.

Emotional Baggage

Older women: While she may be looking for something new and exciting with you, the scars of previous relationships still lingers on. These could manifest itself in her suspicious nature, her desperation to be “not boring”, or the need to be with a guy who’s the opposite of her previous boyfriend.

Go out with an older woman if: You’re ready to accept her for who she is, including all her previous relationships.


Older women know what they want from the relationship from day one, which they’ll spell out to you under no uncertain terms: whether they want to have kids, if it’s just for flings in the hay, or a companion for when times get lonely (like wedding dinners and IKEA shopping).

Go out with her if: You’re ready to accept that you’re not the one who’s dictating the terms of the relationship.
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