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 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.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.Whether this kind of romance leads to a happy marriage, of course, may depend on luck or destiny.
"Later, we had an assignment where we were both the graders for one teacher, and that was spectacularly fun.
They had two children, but before long she realized her traditional marriage was killing her soul.
To Stanton's dismay, her husband seemed threatened by her intelligence and high spirits, as well as her singing career.
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.