The Sun, the Daily Star, *The Mirror"—more than a dozen tabloids (so far) have picked up my most recent Glamour article, pulling salacious quotes from the story I wrote about my sex life as a 41-year-old single woman.
I made the mistake of reading the comments at first, which is the writer's equivalent of walking into a den of hyenas, especially if you’re a woman. “EWW She’s a leathery old bag! ” one person wrote. “She’s not that pretty to start with,” said another. “She’s only got a few years left and she’ll be an overused tramp no one will want to settle with. ” Then there was the unsolicited feedback from trolls that came directly to my inbox.
Turns out she’d read, and loved, the original cougar story I’d written for Glamour and told me I should write a book about my dating life.
But in the meantime, I’ll take pride in knowing that anyone curious about what a cougar is can now look the word up in Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, where they will now find my name and article as the first example. © 2019 Condé Nast. All rights reserved.
The fact this cougar story made headline news to begin with—in not just one but over a dozen tabloids in different countries—is what I find unbelievably disturbing.
After discovering that my name would be associated with the word cougar (ALL CAPS) in any google search of me for all of eternity, I felt a little violated (and slightly worried that all the press would ruin the hot streak currently tearing through my dating life).
One tabloid reached out to extend the courtesy of at least letting me choose the photos that would run with the article, rather than picking at random from my Facebook page, at the same time reassuring me they wouldn’t make me sound like a terrible person.
Apparently, the idea of a woman in her forties having great sex with younger men is too much to handle. https://t.co/TEVbPkgLUi— Glamour (@glamourmag) June 4, 2019
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