"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.
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.
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.
"He said I was so subject to flattery, anyone could buy me with a candy bar. And whenever I had a performance, he refused to support me by even being there." Then came feminism.