Cougars and toyboys: how and why?
Older women dating younger men in American TV series
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Older women dating younger men in American TV series

For some time now, American TV series have played their part in shaping what we know as "cougar attitude".

First off, Sex and the City gave us man-eating Samantha whose taste for toyboys didn't go unnoticed. Even Carrie spent time eating pizza, drinking beer and smoking joints with a younger guy. She didn't stick with him for long though as she concluded she was too old to date a guy in his twenties.

The Desperate Housewives ladies are also no strangers to dating younger men. Gabrielle had no problem getting it on with her teenage gardener, while Edie Britt never tired of younger fellas. And in the last season, even Lynette's son secretly dated one of his friend's mums. Wisteria Lane could easily be renamed Cougar Land!

And more recently, the blatantly-titled series Cougar Town sees Courteney Cox playing the role of a 40-something divorcee with an appetite for men under 30.

Courteney Cox in Cougar Town © ABC

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