Elderly ladies dating much younger men
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.
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.
"Later, we had an assignment where we were both the graders for one teacher, and that was spectacularly fun.
In a step that was unusual at the time, Stanton sought a divorce, then went to graduate school in journalism.
She began as a general assignment arts writer and a rock and film critic, and soon became a daily television columnist.
"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.