In a wide-ranging piece in the New York Times, Natalie Angier introduces us to families that our great grandparents would have found shocking. Along the way, she offers a brief course on changing family forms. Here are a few of my favorite points.
In this guest post, E. Kay Trimberger draws from her own experience as a single person who adopted to describe some of the challenges. Her first 14 years with her son were joyous; she hadn’t expected what came next.
Stories about the latest study followed me halfway around the world. Again, married people were declared the winners, this time for their cancer-survival skills. But again, it is possible that the study showed nothing of the sort.
How many single people really choose to be single? That’s a question I am asked fairly often, typically by people who are skeptical that even one person would really want to live outside of Married Couples Land.
There are at least 16 reasons to mark National Unmarried and Single Americans Week. If the week does not get hijacked by matrimaniacs, we can help change the way the nation understands what “single” means.
On the average, the health and happiness and self-esteem of single people is just fine, and often a lot better than just fine. Some single people, though, are relatively more vulnerable to singles-bashing messaging, and others are more resilient.
American culture is obsessed with romance. But if you are a 20-something year old looking into the future, your skills at friendship are going to be more important than any romantic success. Here’s the evidence.
Research suggests that a perfect stranger is more likely than Huma Abedin to know when Anthony Weiner is lying and when he is telling the truth. Not that I care. I want to base my judgments of the candidate on the candidate, and not on the testimonials of the candidate’s spouse.
Discussions of the death of Trayvon Martin have included impassioned denials of racism and discrimination – not only in that case but more generally. There are powerful motivations behind the denial and explaining away of all sorts of isms, including singlism. Even those who are targets of discrimination have reasons not to acknowledge what is happening.
An article at The Atlantic, “The secret to Finland’s success with schools, moms, kids—and everything,” claims that “Finns have incredible equality and very little poverty.” Unmentioned in the article is the unusually high risk of poverty among people living alone.
From Diane Marty’s guest post: “Those of us raised in the self-sacrificial Christian tradition were taught to suppress individual desires during the coupled years when the needs of the conjoined entity, the couple, are paramount. But I was another entity now—a widowed, newly single-again woman, uncoupled and free to make new choices.”
More than a dozen singles bloggers talk about maintaining their independence while also forging and maintaining meaningful human connections. Not all of them achieved what they were after the first time around. Plus, other research and riffs on in(ter)dependence.
How is it that some single people become motivated to really do something about all the singlism and matrimania? Christina Campbell and Lisa A. of Onely.org answer 7 questions about their experiences at consciousness-raising and their quest for social justice for single people.
A new study uses behavioral genetics to try to make the claim that getting married results in physical and mental health benefits. The authors had to concede that getting married did nothing for physical health. I explain why I don’t buy their claims for the small effects they did find.
In the spirit of the book, Singled Out, Living Single is a myth-busting, consciousness-raising, totally unapologetic take on single life. At this blog, we discuss just about everything about single life -- except dating!