November 19, 2009, - 2:59 pm

New Moon Absurdity: The “Cougar” Thing’s Gone Way Too Far

By Debbie Schlussel

Last night, I attended a screening of “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” the second cinematic installment in the “Twilight” book series that is all the rage for straight teen females.  I can’t post my review until Midnight, when the movie debuts, and I’ll try to have it up by that time.  Stay tuned for that.


What got me were not the many teen girls in the long lines to get into the screenings or their screams at the sight of the male 20-something co-stars in the movie.  (Though, I really don’t think I was this bad as a young kid when I liked Sean Cassidy in “The Hardy Boys” or as a teen when I liked Rick Springfield and Duran Duran.)

What got me–what I found kinda laughable and pathetic–were the many (yes, many!) grown women who lined up for this and were all gaga over it.  We’re talking 30-, 40-, and even 50-something women who go to a movie to see a 17-year-old (who was 16 at the time it was filmed) take his shirt off and show his chest.  Isn’t there something illegal about this . . . or at least, unseemly?

Yes, a fit man is more attractive and appealing, but these young guys with sculpted chests didn’t turn me on.  They made me laugh.  They were like little boys and haven’t lived.  The ripples and six-pack abs were anything but masculine to me.  Masculinity isn’t hours at the gym and laying off the mac-and-cheese.

Sadly, it is to these older women I saw, who seem to be regressing in their adulthood, forsaking it altogether to feel young and be friends with their kids and kids’ friends.  It’s disturbing.  They’re devouring the “Twilight” books–which are essentially teen “Harlequin Romances”–and it’s (at least to me) sort of perverted.  It’s definitely way beyond cheesy.  And you wonder why so many female teachers have illicit affairs with their underaged male students.  It’s ‘cuz we glorify it. And it’s creepy.

Sorry, but our society has really taken glamorizing this “cougar” Demi-marries-Ashton thing waaaaay thing toooo far.  I mean, even the chintzy Joan Collins and Elizabeth Taylor were never this gauche.  I think they had a limit to how young they would go.

If men were going to teen movies to see under-aged girls, we’d put them in the “likely to child molest” category and call them dirty old men.  So, why do the women shamelessly gush over these young boys and get away with it?

For me, there is just one word for this:  Eeeuuuuwww.

The ABC show, “Cougartown,” starring Courtney Cox, is funny, because we laugh AT these women, not with them.  Cox’s 40-something predatory character, looking to “date” (euphemism) young guys, is a joke.  A disaster.  But these women at “New Moon” actually take this lifestyle seriously.  They think it becomes them as women.  It doesn’t.  It’s sad.

So many feminists decried older men dating younger women.  But, now, the new feminism they’ve created has the older women emulating the older men.  This is “equal rights” for women? It’s disgusting.  These predatory women are the new older men.

At least with older men and younger women, there was something in the laws of nature that made it appropriate.  Older men could still impregnate younger, childbearing-aged women, and there was a procreation reason behind it.  With older women chasing after young boys, there’s really no purpose other than self-gratification.

But, hey, that’s where we are now.  That’s our world.  Hey, moms, how’d you like your girlfriend to date your son?  Or, at least, fantasize about him in a teen girls’ movie.  It’s immaturity, something we encourage more and more not just in men in our society, but also in these narcissistic females.

Grow up, women.  Stay away from your daughters’ pop culture . . . and their teen idols.

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78 Responses


You might have fun looking at this. Emo vampire. Kind of reminds me of Count Floyd in SCTV.

On the lighter side, my wife loves the books but my 22 yr. old daughter thinks they’re sophomoric, pseudo-plagarized junk.

hoss on November 20, 2009 at 9:45 am

I’m with you, Debbie! I work with several 40 and 50- something friends who are quite taken with the Twilight series. Many went to the local midnight screening last night. My 18-year old daughter isn’t even very interested in going, as she didn’t think very highly of the first movie. I teased my friends at work about going to the midnight show, and they laughed at me when I told them I’d rather stay home and watch episodes of “Band of Brothers” with my 14-year old son. Real men!!!

Beth on November 20, 2009 at 10:43 am

This is mothers wanting to be “friends” with their kids. If I were the kid of a Mom like this, I would scream.

JeffT on November 20, 2009 at 11:55 am

It’s biology, women reach their peak sexuality at around age 40, men around age 18-20.

Shebat on November 20, 2009 at 12:32 pm

The reason that these books appeal to older women is not the fantasy of being with a younger man. The appeal is in reliving the kid of love that Bella and Edward share. Being a married woman myself, I know that I will never quite have that feeling with my husband like we did when we first started dating. That time in our lives when everything was new and exciting and we didn’t know what was going to happen next. These books help us to relive these experiences through someone else. To remember the excitement of first love. The movies are just a way to see the story played out.

Mandy on November 20, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    What an insult to your husband. Makes thankful every day that I am married to a woman with principal and brains.

    John Hamilton on November 23, 2009 at 8:30 am

I am 28 I was given the book set as a present for my birthday. The books were decently written. I personally think the movies fall short of the books. I am not attracted to any of the actors/actresses. I watch the 1st movie over a year after it was released in theaters. What’s wrong with reading or watching a work of fiction no matter your age. Should I also stop watching Disney movies because I am almost 30 years old?

Merry on November 20, 2009 at 3:16 pm

Weird whores. I wonder what the percentage of people will be that are surprised when our country is swallowed up by China, Russia and/or the muzzies.

At least the ho’s will be put in line. I will point my finger and laugh.

Joe on November 20, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    You’ll never see this, as it’s so much later. But just wanted to tell you, it’s a laugh to hear you talk about “ho’s” — What are you, a thug-wanna-be?

    Please, fellas, the rap thing is dumb.

    Now. You know who’s in more women’s hearts now? Not the Twilight boys — Adam Lambert. Now there’s a guy we’ll still love when we’re 100.

    impeachthedude on February 14, 2011 at 6:25 pm

But what everyone forgets here that the ‘heroes’ happen to be vampires. Since no one will say it, I gotta be the innovator as usual in this site and say these words:

Twilight is a political correct version of the vampire, and it just sickens me.

Squirrel3D on November 20, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Your comment is the funniest thing I have read in ages. “A politically correct version of the vampire?” Thanks for making my day.

    Linnea on November 23, 2009 at 6:41 am

I read the books to see what the teens were raving about. Celibacy is encouraged in the series which interested me. I enjoy the books. They are imaginative and easy to read. As far as gawking at the boys…are you sure these all these women were doing that?

annette on November 21, 2009 at 4:58 am

Interesting observation, 3D. I’d have to agree.

Joe on November 21, 2009 at 10:10 am

Well….. I owned a chest and arms and abs like that growing up in the 70’s, and I got no attention by my female classmates – or their mothers. In fact, nearly all of us who grew up on a farm looked like me; we got that body because we were expected to do WORK! What a world we live in….

oddiogawd on November 23, 2009 at 8:28 am

    I married one of those faramboys with the rock hard arms. We will be married 50 year in May. Who needs vampires.

    Diane Smith on November 23, 2009 at 8:56 am

I’m quite late in posting, but came across this article and had to put my 2 cents in. Yes, some of us older women love the Twilight movies, but you tend to overlook that it’s a love story; a universal experience many can relate to: past loves or maybe current. And don’t forget: some of us bat for Team Carlisle or Team Charlie!

Susan on May 10, 2010 at 11:58 am

    You call it love, the police and I call it stalking…

    The last guy that snuck into my house I don’t know if he did it to watch me sleep because I ran him out at knife point and called the police.

    Jales on September 3, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Did you ever, even once, give consideration to the idea that a lot of the older women are not watching these movies or reading these books because they have the hots for these near children? But, rather, because they are enamored of the idea of the possibility of staying young forever, of living forever, or at the very least not getting any older, and still living a very long time?
That is what draws many of the older women to these stories.
At least I do believe so.

Jo Court on July 5, 2011 at 7:23 pm

“but these young guys with sculpted chests didn’t turn me on. They made me laugh. They were like little boys and haven’t lived. The ripples and six-pack abs were anything but masculine to me. Masculinity isn’t hours at the gym and laying off the mac-and-cheese.”

i’m 23 and i’m completely with you. 😀

karla on October 11, 2012 at 2:23 am

I am a 34 yr old female!! My husband is 35 and I love Twilight! There are a few other females my age that love it to.
Breaking Dawn 2 was just released at the movies so this to show what date it is! *I however DO NOT love this saga because of the younger crowd or there ages. Actually alot of the cast is older hince (Carlisle) and yes << he is hot! But I dont look at Jacob and think OMG I want to be with him. "I actually think they are kids until they reach atleast 26".
I love this Saga because of the story! Its a amazing story and yes you are entitled to your opinion. But stop thinking all of us females in our 30/40/50's are going to see it for the reason of wishing we where still young, or even wanting to be with the younger crowd; Im not for that. I dont stand for the Cougar thing and I think its sick to date anybody who is not near your own age! So stop putting all older females in the same catagory!!
These movies should have been rated R though and for the older crowd also. Its not just teenage movie's because I sure wont let my 9 year old or 11 year old daughters watch Breaking Dawn 1 or 2.. so remember that when u take your young kids to see them!!

Alisha on November 19, 2012 at 3:15 pm

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