Nonetheless, more than one in 10 of these relationships leads to marriage: The most recent Census Bureau figures show that about 12 percent of all marriages are between older women and younger men.
Women dating younger men said they appreciated the strength, humor, openness, youth, and passion of their partners. Stanton believes that although some of the attraction may be predicated on the mystique of the older woman, her appeal to younger men was based not just on chemistry but on "the luxury of having a finished person.
"They kept me informed and hip, so that my writing stayed fresh and current.
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.