The Second Annual Cougar Convention hit Chicago this weekendbringing single young men or 'cubs' and eligible older ladies cougars, ahem together for one night of anticipation and potential romance in the ballroom of the Embassy Suites O'Hare. Founded by NY women us dating Gosse, a professional dating coach and one-time California gubernatorial candidatecougar parties are the " premier source for younger men who are attracted to older women, and vice versa!
Sporting a wireless mike and trailed by a camera crew, the ladies told Gosse that younger men are more energetic, more adventurous and more exciting. The men told Gosse that older women are Philadelphia looking for a man experienced, don't play games and know how to take care of themselves.
After breaking Danbury CT dating shows ice for everyone, Gosse stepped back up on the stage, asked attendees to pick up their chairs and clear the dance floor. As the lights dimmed and the music started, I headed out into the crowd to find out for myself why people came to the Chicago Cougar Convention.
Evelyn heard about the event through Meetup. Janet heard about the event through Thunderbirdsand came up from Orland Park. She's dated younger men before, as well, and while initially she felt there was a meet new friends in Fargo ND associated with dating someone outside of her age range, she felt "the stigma is now gone.
Getting the men to talk to me, however, was a different story. I spoke to Bill, who had been chatting with Rachel during Gosse's speech. He lives in Chicago, and while shy about talking to online dating chat Jersey City NJ media, made it clear that he was interested in older women. Older women aren't full of BS. If it isn't working, they'd tell you.
He told me he was there to "flatter older women, to cross the barrier of the norm and try something new. Date a Lakeland man other group was in attendance as well, and they showed up in force: the local media.
New City, Time Out Chicago, and several documentary photographers all hung at the edges of the ballroom, taking notes, smirking and snapping photos. Without the promotion and the suggestive title, the Second Arkansas sex new free Cougar Convention would just be your ordinary, run-of-the-mill suburban singles event.
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And like any event where single people mix it up with the intention of meeting dating partners, the men easily outed the women by about five to one. The difference, in this case, is that the event dating in North Dakota expat so contrived, as if it were a spectacle set up for the amusement of the non-attending populace, watching vicariously through the lens of the media.
In the end, Gosse comes off as sincere about helping people find that special someone. Perhaps if an event such as this were done more organically, it wouldn't seem so hokey. The Chicagoist will be launching later but in the meantime please enjoy our archives.