Finally an acronym we can really get behind.
MILFs, cougars, cradle snatchers, which ever way you slice it, the terms used for older women dating younger men aren’t the best. However, that’s all about to change.
A writer recently declared that she’d like to replace the term MILF, and those phrases that are similar, with a different acronym - WHIP.
Photo credit: Sophia Spring @ The Telegraph
Most people would know that MILF stands for a “Mum I’d like to F***,” with this charming phrase being popularised by films such as American Pie in the 90’s. However, thank god in 2017 we can enter WHIP into the vernacular or a “woman who is hot, intelligent and in her prime.” We’ll drink to that.
The writer in question, Bibi Lynch, declared on morning TV that a term such as WHIP is a more accurate descriptor of women of a certain age who are dating, as opposed to the current terms used.
“With ‘cougar,’ the men are prey,” she said. “WHIPs felt funnier, smarter, and sexier.”
Lynch who is 51 and living in the UK also wrote a column on the topic, highlighting that there’s now a roll call of fabulous older women who are dating younger men. As a woman in her 50’s herself who's single, she questioned: If the times are changing why isn’t the language?
“Madonna, 59, is dating model Kevin Sampaio, 31 – the latest in a line of hot younger beaux.,” she wrote. “Mariah Carey, 47, is enjoying an on/off romance with dancer Bryan Tanaka, 34; and Demi Moore, 54, has reportedly been canoodling with actor Tobey Maguire, 42.”
“I can’t be the only person to find the term ‘cougar’ repulsive,” she continued. “It’s predatory, naff, insulting to the woman and the man. And ‘toyboy’ isn’t exactly complimentary to anyone, either. (A boy to be toyed with? No, thanks.) Instead, I’m going to campaign for older women who are dating younger men to be henceforth called WHIPs – Women who are Hot, Intelligent and in their Prime. And the men shall be called really bloody lucky.”
We couldn’t agree more, so here’s to the WHIPs and the people lucky enough to date them, regardless of their age.
You can read Lynch’s whole column here.