Percentage of women dating a younger men
In later years she covered major political events and the lives of celebrities, interviewing more than 1,500 in 30 years, including favorites Gene Kelly, Cher, and writer and producer Paddy Chayefsky.
Covering the rock scene also put her in touch with young male musicians, and she wound up going out with several guitar players and a drummer.
According to the AARP survey, respondents cited fun and companionship as the main reasons for dating.
Of the respondents -- 56 of whom had been married in the past -- only 8 percent said they were looking for marriage.
It was so corny and so much fun." Stanton, who has recently settled into a relationship with a longtime friend 18 months her junior, found that men who had grown up with the women's movement tended to be less possessive.
She didn't have to conform to a rigid idea of what a woman should be, she says, and her young boyfriends didn't treat her like a trophy or an acquisition.
They had two children, but before long she realized her traditional marriage was killing her soul.
And 14 percent of women age 50 to 59 say they prefer dating men in their 40s or younger.
They taught me a lot about being comfortable with who I was." Now a jewelry designer in Las Vegas, the 63-year-old Stanton recalls, "I swore I'd never stick with a man who hadn't grown up with the feminist revolution.
I liked men who appreciated my talent and my brain," and didn't insist that she be skinny. Since then she has had several lengthy relationships -- including another marriage -- to men between seven and 17 years younger.
"They were much more comfortable with their own sexuality," she says.
"And they seemed to love a smart woman who understood sports and classical music." A trend on the upswing Stanton was apparently on the leading edge of what experts say is a new trend: older women dating younger men.
With me they got great cooking, a settled home, and a bonding of souls who had so many common interests," not the least of which was rock and roll.