Love them or hate them, we just can't stop talking about cougar couples. From Mariah to Vivica, there are plenty of examples of and reasons why older women choose younger men. And contrary to the media's portrayal of cougar couples as a passing trend, more and more are choosing to walk down the aisle says Linda Franklin, author of "Don't Ever Call Me, Ma'am: The Real Cougar Woman Handbook." ESSENCE.com spoke with Franklin about the advantages of dating a younger man and how cougar couples are handling marriage. Find out the age differences in our Will You Marry Me? couples. Read more: Vivica A. Fox talks about dating younger men.Puma's are the new Cougars.