Know Your Female Feline Metaphors

630px-Neko_Wikipe-tanSo as you know, yesterday we found out that there’s a new kind of woman out there: the “cheetah,” a girl who dates guys slightly younger and/or hotter than herself, or possibly a date-rapist, or maybe just someone with low self-esteem, or maybe a cow giving the milk away for free. I’ve read the column several times, and still don’t quite get it. But anyway, cheetahs: they’re women who have sex.

Cheetahs, of course, are part of an increasingly ridiculously expansive meme in which women who have sex are given a cutesy feline equivalent. Are you an older woman who likes sex? Well, then you’re a cougar. A thirtysomething who likes college-aged boys? You’re a puma. Older than a cougar, but still daring to have sex? Spencer Morgan proposes “saber-toothed,” because you’re old. Get it? Get it? Nudge nudge, wink wink, say no more?

Anyhow, all these feline descriptions got me to thinking: there are an awful lot of different members of the family Felidae, and many of them have not yet been used as pejorative cognomens to describe women who dare to enjoy sex.

That ends today.

Yes, today I’m happy to share with you a guide to all the many known cat names for different types of women. Feel free to clip and save this post; it will save you a lot of time, and allow you to deal with women as the strange, inhuman, bestial creatures they are, rather than as fellow human beings.

Catwoman - Halle BerryBay Cats – Women age 24 to 29 who enjoy sex, surfing, and dating men either age 18-27 or older than 29, but never, under any circumstances, 28-year-olds. 28-year-old guys totally suck.

Barn Cats – Red-haired women from rural areas whose stated love for you will never completely cure them of their secret desire to seduce an unwitting international superspy into turning traitor.

Bobcats – Women named Roberta who are very attracted to men who detest Latvian cuisine, yet find Lithuanian cuisine sublime.

Caracals - Women who dare to like sex, yet find cutesy feline nicknames to be patronizing, demeaning, and dehumanizing. Silly little things, aren’t they, fellas? It’s almost as if they think they have feelings and desires of their own! Ah, women are funny creatures.

Cat Powers – Talented but mercurial singer-songwriters.

Cat Stevenses – Since 1977 conversion, are known as “Yusuf Islams.”

Cats – Women aged 35 years, 11 months, 12 days to 41 years, 10 months, 28 days who are incredibly turned on by Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals. Except for Starlight Express, because, I mean, roller skates? Really?

bigglesworth2Fisher Cats – Women over the age of 70 who enjoy threesomes with male gymnasts and/or models, but also secretly have a crush on the late Chris Farley.

Kittens - Creepy old men call ‘em “Jailbait,” creepy twentysomethings call ‘em “Lolis,” Humbert Humbert calls ‘em “Nymphets,” and John Derbyshire calls ‘em “A little long in the tooth.”

Lionesses - Women who go out and work hard while their lazy, no-good boyfriends stay home and play Wii all day. Wait — sorry, folks, that’s a negative stereotype about men. Obviously, please disregard this one.

Lynx – Women under the age of 27 who are between 5’10” and 6’7″ and who enjoy dating men shorter than 5’8.

Ocelots – Women aged 23 years, 2 months through 23 years, 4 months, who like to date men who once played professional jai alai.

Panthers – Women age 19 to 23 who engage in serial monogamy with men whose hair is shoulder-length or shorter. Often (but not always) like food, breathing air, and drinking liquid beverages of some sort.

Servals – You may confuse these brunette, left-handed waitresses aged 37 to 42½ who enjoy one-night-stands with circus roustabouts with their closely-related sisters, the Oncillas, but unlike Oncillas, Servals find the prose of Dan Brown to be somewhat stilted.

Shorthairs – Would be the cutesy cat name given to lesbians, except those bitchez totally get annoyed when my bros and I ask if we can videotape them, so they don’t get a cute cat name, so there.

Siamese Cats – Asian chicks. Amirite, guys? Amirite?

Smilodons – Women who live outside of Schenectady, New York, who prefer to date men who live in their parents’ basements and blog in favor of conservative politics. Favorite aphrodisiac? Cheeto dust.

Tigers – Women who actually like sex. The dirty sluts.

Tiggers – The wonderful thing about Tiggers/Is Tiggers are wonderful things/Their tops are made out of rubber/Their bottoms are made out of springs/Also, they love to receive oral.

Vampyrictises – Women aged 14 to 49 who are totally on Team Edward. Or Team Jacob. Or Team Larry. (I haven’t actually read the books, and my daughter isn’t a tween yet; my knowledge of them comes from Burger King commercials.)

catamaran1Wildcats - Ironically, wildcats are actually pretty calm most of the time, unless you get them started on how bad Two and a Half Men is. Do not get them started on how bad Two and a Half Men is. You will never hear the end of it. Trust me.

York Chocolate Cats - Actually applies to all women, because as we all know, all women love chocolate. And diamonds. And flowers. And whatever other little trinkets and baubles you can buy them to keep from having to actually talk to them.

So anyway, that’s the list as it stands today, although it could probably use expanding. I mean, there are always more cat names, and always more demeaning stereotypes that can be applied to women, so I’m sure we’ll come up with more. Until then, though, I hope this list allows you, the trend piece writer and misogynist (but I repeat myself) to write great columns for your local shoppers, explaining precisely why women suck. Because nothing proves women suck more than men stereotyping them.

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25 Responses to Know Your Female Feline Metaphors

  1. 1
    attack_laurel says:

    Ah, the fresh and bracing breeze of sarcasm. I love it. :)

  2. 2
    Silenced is Foo says:

    *golf clap*

  3. 3
    Gidget Commando says:

    Oh, that’s gonna leave a mark on someone’s scratching post! *rim-shot** Outstanding!

  4. York Chocolate Cats – Actually applies to all women, because as we all know, all women love chocolate. And diamonds. And flowers. And whatever other little trinkets and baubles you can buy them to keep from having to actually talking to them

    Except Yorkie bars are not for girls. Says so right there on the wrapper.

    I’m proud of my small role in the existence of this post.

  5. 5
    plunky says:

    I demand that ligers be included. They’re pretty much my favorite animal.

    Anyway. I’ve enjoyed this series of posts, Jeff.

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    Genevieve says:

    Here’s another for the snark pile:

    Bearcats: Women who are, tragically, attracted only to large hairy gay men.

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    Silenced is Foo says:

    Hmm… you could probably mix in some transphobia or cocktease-misogyny in there with various animals that include the term “cat” in their name while not actually being cats. Meercats, tasmanian tigers…

    I think I’m over-thinking this.

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    Robert says:

    “Bobcats” are actually women who only like sex with men named Robert.

    Tragically, bobcats are nearly extinct in the wild.

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    leah says:

    Wait, aren’t pumas and cougars actually the same species? They’re also mountain lions. But when they’re women they’re different?

    Aaah, the stilted logic of paternalistic knicknaming.

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    Adrian says:

    With the cougar, cheetah, and puma metaphor, the patriarchy seems to be expressing a certain kind of outrage: “These pussies are not completely domesticated! How dare they!” (How does one try to claim control over something without getting too close to it? Name and classify.)

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    Silenced is Foo says:

    Actually, at least in college, I remember bar-hopping dudes having more respect for cougars than for sexually-liberated women their own age. I think it has to do with the idea that cougars are “predators” in the same way that most guys cruising for sex are – they see themselves as the active one, while the targets are passive. The idea that a player is a guy who overcomes a challenge, while a slut is a woman who has indiscriminate tastes… the cougar has more in common with the player than the slut.

    It all comes from the nasty little worldview of pursuit and prey that they live in, but I don’t think it was about slut-shaming… more about uneasiness at the role-reversal.

    But yeah, once conservative pundits start talking about the subject? Definitely slut-shaming.

  12. 12
    lonespark says:

    I laughed a lot. Thanks, Jeff!

  13. 13
    Jasie VanGesen says:

    Satire: you’re getting it right.

  14. Bearcats: Women who are, tragically, attracted only to large hairy gay men.


  15. 15
    word problem says:

    Manx cats: women who fell in love with Jeff Fecke on the internet today.

  16. 16
    Doug S. says:

    I can has irony?

  17. 17
    Max says:

    You definitely need to find a way to include Ragdolls.

  18. 18
    nobody.really says:

    Nice work, Jeff.

    I’m not a blogger, and haven’t spent much time learning the intricacies of image searching. So I’m kinda wondering how you discovered that first image on your posting there. I’m imaging you go to Google Image or something, check the Anime/Manga box, click the Maid/PilgrimWoman box, click the CatFeatures box, and under the Hair Ornaments menu you click JigsawPuzzle, and then hit the Search button. And then it’s just a matter of sorting through all the results.

    Is that pretty much how it works? Otherwise, that first image kinda screams out for some kind of explanation.

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    DSimon says:

    nobody.really, the girl is Wikipe-tan, a semi-official mascot of Wikipedia. The image at the top appears among numerous others here:

    It just goes to show, there’s no topic that the Internet won’t attempt to personify with an anime girl (which, eh, I’m basically okay with), and furthermore there’s no anime girl that the Internet won’t attempt to turn into a sexy anime girl (which I’m less okay with).

  20. 20
    Josh Fulton says:

    EU votes to allow US to monitor all its citizens’ bank transactions

  21. 21
    demeter says:

    This is fantastic–I love it!

  22. 22
    Genevieve says:

    Comrade PhysioProf–
    Thank you!

  23. 23
    Doug S. says:

    Is this an open thread? Because there was two hours of new Dollhouse episodes on Friday. Any thoughts? (I haven’t watched them yet, but I’m going to, real soon now.)

  24. 24
    sanabituranima says:

    Satire: you’re getting it right.

    LOLspeak: UR DOIN IT RONG!

    shud b “satire – UR DOIN IT RITE!”

    LOLcats = women with crushes on men who satirise silly cat metaphors. *swoons*

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