Toronto is Cougar Town: local lady fingers Google for alleged sexism
The founder of a Toronto-based dating Web site is accusing Google of sexism. No, it’s not Ashley Madison, but it’s almost as good. Cougarlife.com, catering to older women looking for younger men, has been labelled as “non-family safe” by the Web search colossus, thereby excluding it from certain searches. Cougarlife.com founder and self-described cougar Claudia Opdenkelder argues that a double standard is at play, since Web pages encouraging older men and younger women to get together are still listed as “family safe” on Google. “Discrimination against the word ‘cougar’ makes it even worse,” says Opdenkelder. “It makes us—cougar women—feel like dirty perverts.”
Why a Web page for cougar love connections needs to be listed as family safe is beyond us (especially when it’s so simple to turn safe search off). But perhaps that’s a question best answered by the clientele of Crocodile Rock. Ladies?