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Midway through National Singles Week, I compiled a long list of mentions of the holiday, including the bad stuff. I promised to update the list, only with less tolerance for bad behavior. So here are some of the other people who posted in an enlightened way about Singles Week. (Let me know about the ones I missed.)

1. Page Gardner, for the Huffington Post, wrote "This week, let's recognize the women who are on their own." Here's her bottom line:


"So, this week, let's recognize that America can and must do a better job to ensure that everyone - especially the woman on her own, who faces so many challenges in life and at work - has the opportunity to live a good, dignified, comfortable life. We must end gender segregation in jobs, we must ensure women can make a living wage, and we must ensure that working women can take care of their families. And while it may sound cliché, unmarried women can help make that happen by registering and getting out to vote."

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I agree, though my goals always include single men as well as single women.

2. At Singletude, our friend Clever Elsie wished singles a Happy Singles Week. In the same post, she wrote about a sleep study that showed that it is singles who have fewer sleep disturbances than couples sharing the same bed. She also notes that these kinds of studies somehow never seem to get the same level of press attention as the ones supposedly showing some advantage for couples. (Singletude also has a nice section on quotes for singles.)

3. On her own site and on Blogher, Zandria describes some of the things she's been able to do because she is single. She also includes links to posts from other smart singles. This is Zandria's third year posting about Singles Week, so special thanks to her for that.

4. Technically, this next one missed Singles Week by a few days, but I want to note it anyway. Over at Slate's Double-X magazine, you can find Wendy Braitman's 40 reasons why single life is great.

5. Finally, this one missed Singles Week by one day on the front end, but I can't resist mentioning it. Here's the opening line: "Stability, not marital status, is what matters in raising a successful child, according to a study at Ohio State University."

Interested in getting a head start on a future Living Single post? We are going to have such fun discussing this story.

Bella DePaulo, Ph.D., is author of Singled Out: How Singles Are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After. She is a visiting professor at UCSB.

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