Perhaps the difference is that now these things have been thought about, the repercussions have been felt and the language has been developed to unpick these relationships.Most importantly, the law is now frequently (but not always) being enforced.Even so, what are we to think of these men who pursue young people so fresh out of childhood?
Some of the most terrific interviews conducted were with men.
Then I did exhaustive research about women's health issues, how to make senses (touch, sight, smell, etc.) work for you, the best places to meet men (both geographically - where in the country are the most single mature men - and how to meet them in your own home town).
crunched American Community Survey data to see where in the United States men outnumber women and vice versa.
The map below shows their findings for singles ages 45-64, the oldest group researchers analyzed.
LTK: What groundwork did you do to prepare for this book?
Susan Kiner: I interviewed extensively for the book, not confining myself to women or to the over 60.Those were the days when men joked about bedding teenagers and the concept of consent was rarely discussed.Lori Maddox, who lost her virginity to Bowie when she was 15, still maintains it was the greatest night of her life, though Mandy Smith, who was 14 when she began dating the Rolling Stone Bill Wyman, has talked about depression and having had her childhood stolen.After55.com’s survey offers other possibilities closer to home for single seniors who live in a senior-housing or retirement community.We asked respondents to look over 25 potential senior-living activities to pick which ones interest them the most.There’s the ego trip of being with a teenager who is so easily impressed that a car, or a flat – any signifier of independence – can seem dazzlingly mature. But it’s also emotionally and intellectually unbalanced and potentially exploitative.