As much I want to leave this cougar business alone, it just keeps pulling me back in. I think I was watching one of those entertainment shows on TV and saw another ancient man with another bouncy 25 year old woman and just cringed. I know some would argue that my reaction is wrong. After all, I don’t have the same sort of visceral reaction when I see an older woman with a younger man (except for when Anna Nicole Smith…with that 80 year old…you know.) But, with a few exceptions, when a much older man dates a much younger woman, it gives me the creeps. I guess when it’s all said and done, there must be something to it, cause its been going on for years (wasn’t Abraham like 600 years older than Sarah?) and there’s no sign it’s going to stop any time soon.
I guess this cougar trend is a little bit of “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.” While gander refers to a male goose, the expression has come to mean what’s good for a man is also good for a woman. So today I thought I’d highlight some of the older men, and tomorrow we’ll take a look at a few older women. A few of the relationships (and images) below beg the question, is what’s good for the goose really good for the gander? Or is it what’s good for the gander really…oh you know what I mean.
George Clooney & Elisabetta Canalis
I decided to start with one of the more palatable and believable May December romances. The 48 year old Clooney who’s got a fondness for younger women has been linked with Elisabetta Canalis of late and even attended the premier of Up in the Air with Canalis and his mom. For the record, my visceral reaction is tempered somewhat because it’s well, George Clooney.
Image: UK Daily Mail
Morgan Freeman & Edena Hines
Morgan Feeman is 72, Edena Hines is 27 and his step-granddaughter. I’m not sure how to follow that so I’ll just move on to the next and even yuckier pairing.
Woody Allen and Soon-Yi
This father and adopted daughter (something they both deny) have been married now for 12 years. Allen famously dated Soon-Yi’s mother for years and was a father figure in Soon-Yi’s life until the 56 year old Allen married the then 22 year old Soon-Yi. When asked about the whole sordid affair, Allen allegedly remarked “the heart wants what it wants.” Yeah. It was your heart.
Image: Detik forum
Though no longer an item, when the waif like Boyle started dating Nicholson, he was 62 and she was 30. Maybe he fed her.
Billie Joel & Katie Lee Joel
When 55 year old Billie Joel married a woman who was just 4 years older than his daughter, that should have told him something. Fast forward five years and the couple is separated and Katie, now 27, is reportedly dating a 36 year old fashion designer. Wait, if they were married for 5 years that means Katie was …give me a minute… 22 when they got married! Sing me a song Mr. piano man.
I have a couple of questions and maybe you can help me answer them. One, would any of these men date women who looked like, or were shaped like them? Never mind, I know the answer and so do you. Second, I know that women are also attracted to power and wealth, but what happens in the cases where we see broke down old dudes with young women? Help us sort it out. Leave your comments here, or on our Facebook fan page.
Tomorrow: Good for the gander?