At least once a week, I hear from someone who has realized for the first time that living single is perfectly fine and that the prejudice and discrimination against singles that I call singlism is not fine. I wish they had made these discoveries sooner. I'd love to catch them up on so much that we have discussed here. I'd love it if they could share in the education and inspiration I've enjoyed when I've inhaled readers' contributions to the discussions sections of this blog (and All Things Single), and their personal emails to me.
I've done that to some extent with Single with Attitude (and of course, Singled Out), but now I'd like to focus specifically on singlism. I'm putting together a collection of my writings on singlism, and would also like to include a section of inspiring and instructive stories of standing up to singlism from people other than me. I'd liken it to Chicken Soup for the Singles' Soul, but that's too sappy. This would be more like Arugula for the Feisty Singles' Spirit. (That won't be the title of the book, but it gives you a sense of the sort of stories I'm looking for. Arugula is spikey, some would say spicy, and the kind of thing you can get ridiculed for liking - but perhaps it is ultimately one of those green things that, in their own small ways, are good and noble.)
So think about these questions, and if you have experiences you are willing to share, post them in the comments section (or send me an email). Also let me know if it is OK to include them in the singlism book, and if so, how I should refer to you. (Feel free to give a bit of background if you'd like.)
There are so many other possibilities, and I'm interested in hearing about them all. The list above is just a sampling, to give you an idea of the sort of thing I'm looking for. You don't need to be single to participate. There are coupled people who also stand up to singlism, and I'd love to include their voices, too. Are you part of a business (big or small) that tries to be welcoming to single people? Tell me what you have done and I will get the word out.
In response to the post, Stopping singlism: What will work?, readers posted some great examples. Crimson already told me that I could use hers, so take a look at what she wrote (below) for even more inspiration.
If you have posted stories to other blog posts or sent me your stories in other ways (e.g., letters, emails) and would be open to sharing them in my forthcoming book on singlism, please let me know. So, resend the stories, and let me know how to refer to you. (If you have stories you want to send but won't get to them within the next week, let me know that I should wait for you.)
Thanks, everyone! I know that many other people will appreciate your examples and your efforts.