Single people are all over popular culture. Usually, they are portrayed in stereotypical ways. Occasionally, though, I am pleasantly surprised.
Literature, opera, the arts — all the forms that are considered more serious than popular culture — can go either way as well. You would think that there would be little caricaturing in this domain, but sadly, that’s not so.
Singles on TV: What’s the story?
Mary Tyler Moore’s character had a dignity today’s single women are denied
Home alone: What “The Gilmore Girls” got right
The Secretary of State takes on Singlism, in prime time
“The Good Wife”: A fantasized finale from Singleland
Will Christina leave Gery’s Anatomy because Mer turned into a kid-crazed matrimaniac?
Is this David Letterman’s most shameful Top 10 list?
Single women on TV: Are they as inspiring now as they were in 1966?
Single women in 1960s and 1970s TV: What should we make of their relationships?
Before ‘Mad Men’: Single women take 1960s and 1970s television by storm
How that shocking episode of Grey’s can turn out to be the most affirming
When one wedding is not enough
Sex and the City: The magic show
Why the swooning over difficult men but not difficult women?
Nightline hosts pity party for successful Black women
SNL brings us one more reason to smile – no, laugh out loud
Myth-busting for matrimaniacs, Daily Show style
Writing a script for Single at Heart: Really, there could be a TV show
The ultimate threat to single people: You’ll die alone (on Private Practice)
Documentaries about successful women: Ruined by romance
Hector’s search for happiness ends with a cliché
The movie ‘Brave’: Has Disney gifted us with a princess who is single at heart?
Have romantic comedies grown up?
What’s wrong with rom-coms? The same thing that’s wrong with everything else
Books, magazines, and other written stories
Do we need magazines for singles?
Now featuring: The woman who wanted to live alone and die alone
Do your parents dream about your wedding day? The highbrow media dreams small, too
Popular culture across genres
Beyond matrimania: Single life in books, movies, and TV
Single men in popular culture
Single men and women have different views of how singles are portrayed in the media
Skimpy attire but strong messages: Single women in popular media in past decades
Bite me? That’s what TV and movie romances do
In sitcoms, singles are not alone; in movies, they all end up married
Is marriage a status symbol or a rebuke to uppity women?
Beyond popular culture: Singles in literature, opera, and the arts
The marriage plot gets infiltrated by some savvy singles (about “The Marriage Plot,” by Jeffrey Eugenides)
Oscar or Silas? In Lily King’s “Writers and Lovers,” why does the protagonist have to choose any man?
The princess and the narcissist: Matrimania in classic opera (by Joan DelFattore)
Singlism: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How to Stop It