P.S. My readers might ask, “What's with the whole leopard theme, Joan? “
Let me tell you: ...
In 1962, a junior in high school, I landed a part in the all-school play, The Flintstones, playing the part of Wilma, Fred Flintstone’s wife. My costume was a faux fur leopard coat and matching pillbox hat, reminiscent of Jackie Kennedy’s era. From that time on, over forty-five years, my penchant for anything leopard has followed me. My repertoire includes dresses, skirts, pants, tops, scarves, lingerie, handbags, jewelry; I even have leopard sheets for my bed and leopard print reading glasses!
Not one to embrace the ‘Cougar’ image, I find the explanation confining and not in keeping with a truly seasoned woman, a crone. Ego need not play a part and while every woman reaps the rewards of honoring her body, the body needn’t be the sole reason to attract men, men of any age. Nor do I adhere to the inference that older women are always on the prowl, not able or interested in long term relationships. I believe that women have choices and to categorize us is counter-productive.