Single people have yet to have their moment as a political force. That’s unfortunate, as there are so many ways that they are denied the benefits and protections accorded to people who are married. Here are links to discussions of advocacy, activism, and issues facing singles; the legal and financial costs of single life; politics and voting; matters of privilege; and more.
Advocacy, activism, and issues: Single people in the U.S.
Where’s our singles movement?
Unmarried Status Is a Diversity Issue
Stopping singlism: What will work?
Should marriage be a ticket to privilege? Several dozen skeptics weigh in
Without unmarried equality, gender equality is not enough
Naming it matters: ‘Singlism,” ‘matrimania,’ and their journey into our awareness
Now it’s really time for unmarried equality
You have no right to be single
Beyond happiness: What single people really need (legal protections)
Financial vulnerability is about more than money
It is time for singles to stop subsidizing couples: Guest post by Joan DelFattore
At Vassar event, only married people are allowed to bring a guest
3 Roads to Social Justice – For Lasting Change, We Must Follow Them All
The Marriage Opportunists Are Coming – We Need to Be Prepared
Singlism: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How to Stop It (especially Section IV, “Stopping Singlism”);
Singled Out, Chapter 12: “Let’s give all the perks, benefits, gifts, and cash to couples and call it family values.”
Legal and Financial Costs of Single Life
21 ways single people are taxed more than married people on tax day and every other day
Only legally married people get these benefits and protections
Can you name the 1,238 federal hat tips to marriage? Guest post by Onely
Singles have fewer benefits than married couples — but are slowly gaining more
Nearing retirement and nearly broke: Economic discrimination against singles adds up
This is what it costs to be single
Getting married and getting more money
The fight for same-sex marriage and the implications for single people
Gay marriage ruling is matrimaniacal, shames single people
SCOTUS legalizes same-sex marriage: Wiser views than those of the justices
SCOTUS unwittingly makes the case for singles’ rights
Does the Prop 8 ruling make the case for ending marital privilege?
Misleading claims about marriage slip into the Prop 8 ruling
Tireless advocate for marriage equality now wants equality for singles
Same-sex couples? Why should you have to be any kind of couple to qualify for benefits and protections?
Singles advocacy and issues beyond the U.S.
The Global Struggle for Unmarried Equality: The Case of Finland
Singles in Finland – no shrinking violets!
Singlism in Finland is causing a stir
Politics and voting
Sex and the single voter (New York Times)
What’s in it for women? vs. What’s in it for my husband?
Mike Pence’s embrace of the Billy Graham rule is especially unfair to single women
Single voters should rule, but will they?
Anyone want a few million more votes?
Singlism as a political dog whistle?
Newt Gingrich’s marital hypocrisy
Rush Limbaugh and the single woman voter
Should the spouse of Clarence Thomas get to form a political lobbying group?
Ted Kennedy and the missing spouse
Here’s what happens when you taunt single women
Ed Rendell says Janet Napolitano has no life because she is single!
Privilege for married people, sex partners, and nuclear families
Do you, married person, take these unearned privileges for better or for better? (with Rachel Buddeberg)
Check your marital privilege (with Lisa Arnold, Rachel Buddeberg, and Christina Campbell)
Marital privilege: It’s not just a courtroom thing
Sex partner privilege: Similar to white privilege, male privilege, and heterosexual privilege?
Nuclear family privilege: Naming it and slaying it
Housing Discrimination against People Who Are Not Married: What We Just Don’t Get
Unmarried Americans as home buyers and home creators
Is your life worth less if you are single or have no children?
How to make life fair for everyone, not just those following the straight and narrow
Who counts as family and why should (only) family count?
Required to hear false information – and pay for it – in order to divorce?
How to sap the power from insults (embrace the words – e.g., queer)
Who’s afraid of single people? (blaming singles for the break-down of society)
My singles agenda (and how to make sure it continues after I’m gone)
Also see my monthly columns for Unmarried Equality