KATE Beckinsale, 46, has been hunkering down with her new 22-year-old flame, Goody Grace.
And the movie star says that she takes exception to the notion that women in their 30s and 40s are criticised for "having fun."
The Underworld star told Women's Health magazine that having a good time as a woman over 32, can feel like a "political act."
"It can feel like a little bit of a political act to be a woman over 32 who's having any fun at all…," she said.
She joked: "Oh my god, I'm going to sit home and anticipate menopause while crocheting? Unless you're doing that, it somehow seems to be risqué, which is just ridiculous to me."
The Pearl Harbour star went on to say that she doesn't think men and women are held to the same expectations, and confessed she thinks men can do what they like.
Kate said: "I witness men constantly doing whatever they like, whether that's in relationships, or deciding to buy a motorbike, or getting a tattoo.
"It hasn't been interpreted as, 'Why hasn't he had more children?' or 'Is he ever going to decide to become a parent?' or 'Why has he had so many girlfriends?'"
Kate also explained how she believes women are body-shamed "100 million per cent" more than men.
She then gave an example, conversely, of when her male friend and co-star was body-shamed.
"On this particular project, I wasn't…Ben [Affleck], who'd already done a movie with the director [Michael Bay], was like, 'This happened to me…' she retold.
"'They made me get new teeth.'" And I was like, "'Cool, at least I get to hang on to my actual teeth,'" she said.
The star has been dating 22-year-old Goody Grace.
The pair were spotted together as far back as January when they were photographed leaving a pre-Grammys party together.
Their blossoming romance was confirmed on Easter Sunday when they were seen hand-in-hand enjoying a stroll.
Kate also has been commenting on Goody's Instagram posts as far back as January and shared her emotions with a heart emoji on one of his pictures.
The London native was previously married to director Len Wiseman, 47.
Kate shares 21-year-old daughter Lily Mo Sheen from her previous relationship with Michael Sheen, 51, that lasted from 1995 to 2003.
The full interview appears in the June issue of Women’s Health, on sale now.
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