Barkley says a woman in her 20's is a kitten, a woman in her 30's is a puma, and a woman over the age of 60 is a panther.
Regardless of which type of kitty a woman may be, Barkley says any woman with the right attitude can be a cougar.
The pair got together at age 16, despite the misgivings of their parents (Barbara is Chinese-American, and Gordon is African-American), who threatened to disown them.
They chose separate schools — she went to UC Berkeley, and he went to UC Davis.
"Our parents insisted that we make sure that we looked at other people, to make sure this relationship would be a strong one.
But we always remained best friends.” Fifty years after high school graduation and two children later, Gee is confident it was meant to be.
You'll be working on a career, she'll be at frat parties, doing who knows what, that you don't even need to worry/think about.
With less than 2 years age difference between herself and her recent younger ex-boyfriend, Chelsea Citro, a student at Syracuse University (SU), still considers herself a bit of a cougar.
With age differences sometimes pushing 20, or even 30 years, these couples obviously never learned (or at least, never followed) the “Never date anyone under half your age plus seven” Rule.
If you’re a guy who appreciates an older woman though, no need to fly to Hollywood, there are cougars prowling your very own college campus. Fayr Barkley, a Human Behavior Research Expert and cougar expert, typically, a cougar is a woman who is over the age of 40, who dates a man 7 or more years her junior.
“A college cougar is a girl who dates a guy who is not in college yet,” Chelsea says.
The place where you'll make new friends, become smarter and find your future husband...right? True, the college dating scene is a little bit different than the high school dating scene. Dating in High School: A “date” consists of going to the movies and possibly even dinner, if he’s classy like that.