Single people are routinely stereotyped, stigmatized, and ignored, as I highlighted in the subtitle of my book, Singled Out: How Singles Are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After. They are also shamed. Here are some examples of that. Happily, as the number of single people grows and as more people spend more years of their lives not married, single people are sometimes celebrated, too. This collection also includes examples of ways in which single people are celebrated.
How single people are celebrated and shamed
In 2015, single people were both celebrated and shamed
Celebrating single people
More people than ever before are single – and that’s a good thing
Spinster is the new black
23 quips for marriage skeptics and lovers of single life
Love of single life: The quintessential modern love?
5 sweet somethings for singles: Enlightenment is so delicious
National Singles Week: 19 Reasons Why We Need It
National Singles Day, January 11: Consciousness-raising, discounts, or fun?
I heart me – really? (about Singles Day celebrations)
Stereotyping single people
Every stereotype of single people, debunked by science
What single life is really like, according to research, not stereotypes
Guess which single people get the most grief from others
Is there a bias against single people?
Why single people can’t catch a break (The single people judged most harshly are not who you think)
Stereotypes of singles? Robust. Actual differences between singles and couples? Not so much.
Is this the myth about singles that single people are most likely to believe?
Who is judged more harshly: Single women or single men?
Why ‘parasite singles’ is more than an insult
How a group of married therapists confronted their prejudices against single women
Shaming single people
No, I’m not married. Why do you ask? (with Joan DelFattore)
Can married people be happy? (Mocks the parallel question actually asked at the Aspen Ideas Festival, “Can single people be happy?”)
Why is there shame around being a ‘relationship virgin’? I’d be proud to be one.
How to make happy single people feel bad
When your personal, private choices enrage others
The problem of the self-loathing single person
How not to think about single people
Who’s afraid of single people? (blaming singles for the break-down of society)
Why do people get angry at women who stay single and don’t have kids?
How to scare people into getting married
Is this David Letterman’s most shameful Top 10 list?
Patricia Arquette, Jon Stewart, and the no good, very bad week for women who are single or have no kids
Are the upper classes the most biased against single people?
Married man’s burden: Charles Murray’s prescription for a better America (he thinks married people should be smug)
Gay marriage ruling is matrimaniacal, shames single people
Have you been shamed for being single?
Bad marriage: Don’t be shamed or bribed into staying
Wall Street Journal tells PhD that a wedding is more important
What’s wrong with these claims about single people? Part 1
Part 2: What’s wrong with these claims about single people?
It’s personal, Part 1: Bad reporting on marriage and single life
It’s personal, Part 2: Bad reporting on marriage and single life
How many rooms is a single person allowed to have?
When smart people say stupid things about single people
About those 10 things not to say to your single friends
Revisiting the most infamous scare story about single women
Who gets spooked by stories of single people dying alone?
The stunning appeal of a story about a man who died alone
Give yourself the gift of dignity
Singlism: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How to Stop It
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