About a week and a half ago, a reader responded to a post about the charming new term “hyena” being used to describe sexually aggressive teen girls:
Have they come up for a term for younger girls who date much older men, or even something besides cradle-robber, for older men who date younger women? I‚Äôd like a term for myself besides ‚Äúbaby cougar‚ÄĚ because that implies that at 19 I date 12 year olds… and that‚Äôs just gross. [Btw. my boyfriend is 28, and I'm a vocab nerd so a new term would be AWESOME!]
Do you have any ideas? Something positive that suggests these women aren’t simply shallow gold diggers but may actually prefer the more mature company of guys who are older and wiser would be nice. Even better if it’s a term that could apply to both women and men who date older. And if you’ve got a replacement for “craddle robber” and “cougar” — again a kinder, gentler term that could apply to both men and women who like dating younger — let’s hear it! Leave your suggestions in the comments below or email them here.