Q&A: Claudia Opdenkelder, Founder, “Cougar Lifestyle” Dating Provider. It needed to happen: now there’s a cougar site that is dating.

Q&A: Claudia Opdenkelder, Founder, “Cougar Lifestyle” Dating Provider. It needed to happen: now there’s a cougar site that is dating.

It needed to take place: now there’s a cougar site that is dating. Cougar lifestyle is for “Women inside their PRIME: independent, sexy and wildly successfull” whom “enjoy males which are youthful” — and, needless to say, for all youthful males who such as the concept. It’s the brainchild of Claudia Opdenkelder, 39 yrs old (she told us, we didn’t ask), who additionally operates Canadian promo company Professional Promotions, has modeled, and also as a passionate dater of more youthful males (she ended up being when linked to a Backstreet Boy) won a Ms. Cougar radio competition in 2006, which got her reasoning about beginning this unique service.

We had been obviously inquisitive, and questioned Opdenkelder concerning the ongoing solution, the way in which individuals utilize the term “cougar,” and just how she hopes to alter that.

How’s the site going?

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Going great! We now have over 200,000 users currently together with site launched in February.

Yikes. Exactly just How has term spread?

we now have the commercial on ESPN, on Ellen, on Sirius broadcast from the Howard Stern Show — I’m actually doing their show on December 16 — so we’re getting a great deal of publicity from that, along with most of the news.

There is a large number of individuals who find “cougar” a term that is offensive. This indicates you’ve taken the “ownership” route along with it.

We’re wanting to reinvent it, revamp it if you will, and work out it a simpler term to embrace than just what the old-school term utilized to mean. Whoever invented it — I’m certain it absolutely was men! — they’d the connotation it was older feamales in their 80s trawling the bars. We’re wanting to just just simply take that thought far from everyone while making it about a 35-and-older, advanced, effective woman that knows exactly exactly what she wishes, understands how exactly to obtain it, does not require a guy to get it on her, and enjoys the organization of a more youthful man. Continue reading →