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.Stanton recalls a relationship with one young man she still calls the love of her life.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."Most of them weren't intimidated by my career or independence," says Stanton.Whether this kind of romance leads to a happy marriage, of course, may depend on luck or destiny.For Blythe Woolston, it probably has been a bit of both.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 were much more comfortable with their own sexuality," she says.
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.To Stanton's dismay, her husband seemed threatened by her intelligence and high spirits, as well as her singing career."He would denigrate me by saying I might have had brain smarts but didn't have a lick of common sense," says Stanton."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.Although older men dating younger women has long been socially acceptable (or at least commonplace in many cities), older women are now dating younger men in record numbers.