Earlier this week, I was chatting with a friend of mine, a spirited and savvy lesbian north of 50. She was a little giddy after having just met a fetching young woman who appeared to be very much her type. Those in our group expressed optimism that things might work out between our single friend and the young lady whose acquaintance she had just made. But, she worried about the age difference — greater than a quarter century.
Fumbling for words, I tried to recall that term for older woman who like younger women. Knowing it was a wild and fierce cat, I said, “Maybe she likes cheetahs.”
“Cheetahs?” She said.
“You know older women who like younger women.”
She corrected me and said the term I was looking for was “cougars” — older women who date younger men.
So, we decided to adopt a new term, a cheetah for an older lesbian who dates younger women. And a kitten is a young lesbian who likes cheetahs.