Cougar Chatter: Emma Thompson is Not Amused

Emma Thompson's cougar diss.

By the MORE Cougar Café Editors
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The 2nd Annual National Cougar Convention will roar into the Embassy Suites O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois, on June 26. Starting at 7:30 pm with a keynote by organizer Rich Gosse hailing older women and younger men as the "ideal combination," the evening will include a dance party and the crowning of this year’s Miss Cougar America, who will be selected from among the women there; the "cubs" in attendance will pick the winner. "The truth is that there are millions of American men who find older women attractive, and we will prove it here," says Gosse. For info and tickets: Check out our coverage and slideshow of last year’s festivities. And if you do go, please tell us all about it! Post your story to   (6/3/10)

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OK, so let’s see if we can get this straight—ads for dating sites that hook older men up with younger women are "family friendly" by Google standards, while those for older women seeking younger men are not? That appears to be the policy at Google, where, as the New York Times reports, ads for the dating service are now banned from Google’s content network, meaning "its ads will no longer appear on more than 6,700 Web sites, including, YouTube and MySpace." Google "confirmed that ‘cougar’ would now automatically place a site into the adult category, but would not say which other words would do that," the report adds. Outrageous, says Cougar Café columnist Linda Franklin, who threw down this gauntlet on her blog: "I’ll be if every woman-owned business pulled their Google ads, the company would take notice in a hurry." (5/16/10)  

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Should Cougar Town’s name be changed? In an interview with TV blogger Alan Sepinwall at, the show’s producer, Bill Lawrence, cited three reasons to do so: 1) testing shows "too many instances of people saying they would never watch a show called "Cougar Town," 2) the last three episodes of the show simply don’t bear the title out and 3) "anything you can do to create some kind of dialogue about your existing show is smart and savvy." What do you think—should Cougar Town change its name? If so, what to? Comment below. (5/12/10)

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