August 06, 1979 12:00 PM

by Jane Seskin & Bette Ziegler

Interviews, mostly with women who are living with younger men, are the focus of this book. “It’s no longer Princess Margaret, Gloria Swanson and Erica Jong,” a blurb insists, to imply that everyone is doing it. Such relationships have always existed, of course, but these days more women feel free to discuss them. A typical male reaction comes from a self-styled “stud,” 26, who is having an affair with the 36-year-old wife of his cousin: “I am definitely attracted to older women who are already in some way fulfilled. Older women seem much more desirable. They appear more conscious of their sexuality.” In fact, most of the men talk about being happy to have sex without responsibility, while the women talk about enjoying sex without having to give up their independence. Now it seems there are dirty old women too. (Doubleday, $7.95)

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