The Sex and the City 2 star says the term “cougar” is “derogatory!” Do you agree?
Kim Cattrall‘s character Samantha Jones may find herself in the arms of younger men — but don’t call her a cougar! Kim is so against the term “cougar” that she even turned down a photoshoot for a magazine that would have found her posing on the cover with a real-live cougar. “I just felt it was very derogatory,” she told the Today Show‘s Meredith Vieira on May 24. “I feel there is nothing predatory about a woman of a certain age. The stereotype is that the woman is searching for young men like they’re prey, and I just don’t think that’s good enough. We’ve gotten way past that, and to marginalize [Samantha] to a cougar, I don’t agree with it.”
Along with her hatred of the word “cougar,” Kim also raised an important issue while discussing Samantha’s menopause storyline in Sex and the City 2: “How am I going to make this real, funny and sexy? How do you make menopause sexy?”
Kim says she finally found her answer, and it’s all thanks to the movie’s writers: “The script is so funny, and that’s what I think is so great about Sex and the City,” she said. “It has its finger on taboos that people aren’t ready to talk about. I mean people, still to this day, call menopause ‘the change.’”
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