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Doesn't really deliver the goods
on June 5, 2014
I like the idea of encouraging women at any age and life stage to be confident, strong and active. In addition, the notion of turning the stereotypical definition of the "cougar" on its head was refreshing. Therefore, I was in a receptive frame of mind when I ordered this book.
I was hoping to read some inspiring stories from women my age who are doing really exciting and dynamic things with their lives. At the very least, I expected some confidence-affirming tips, and perhaps some guidelines on how to navigate the murky waters of the changing roles that women my age often find ourselves in. Instead, much of the material felt like retreads of messages I've been hearing since I was in my 20s: I don't need a man to complete me. Set goals and follow through on them. Know your own body. Be sure to exercise. Here's how to apply makeup. Stuff like that. Yawn.
Far worse, several chapters read like promotional copy for various health supplements, hormone treatments and other such products aimed at the 40-plus crowd. I couldn't shake the feeling that my purchase of the book might be helping to subsidize some free advertising for commercial products, and that bothered me.
This book might be helpful as a beginner's guide to self-empowerment, if you're completely at a loss where to start. If you're a mature woman who already has a good sense of herself, and you're just looking for some excellent support and affirmations, my advice is to surround yourself with great friends who are as fabulous as you are. Form a support group. Maybe search the web for some free online support systems. Don't buy this book, and don't accept the limiting and rather insulting designation of "cougar," because the fact is that we're all much more than that. Just be the fabulous person you already are, and own it. Shine on, ladies.