“Singlism” is the stereotyping, stigmatizing, marginalizing and discrimination against people who are single. “Matrimania” is the over-the-top hyping of marriage, weddings, and couplings. I coined those terms. Probably hundreds of the blog posts and other writings of mine touch on those topics in some way. So here, I just want to point you to a few articles to orient you to these topics and give you a few specific examples.

In addition to these articles, you can also look at some books. Singled Out: How Singles Are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After has a lot to say about singlism and matrimania. Another book includes many of my writings as well as contributions from other writers: Singlism: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How to Stop It.

Singlism and Matrimania

Naming it matters: “Singlism,” “matrimania,” and their journey into our awareness

A good starting point for reading about singlism and matrimania, including the history of the terms and some related concepts.

Singlism and matrimania in everyday life

This is one of the first blog posts I wrote about singlism and matrimania.

Singlism

Singlism: What it is and is not, and why it should be in the dictionary

A good introduction to singlism.

What is singlism? Are some singles exempt?

Some people claim they have never experienced singlism. If they live in the U.S., that’s not possible.

Singlism: How serious is it, really?

When people first hear about singlism, they often treat it dismissively. This article explains why they shouldn’t. The next one (below) is relevant, too.

Singlism: Should we just shrug it off?

What singlism? A study of obliviousness to discrimination against singles

One of the important ways that singlism differs from other isms such as racism and sexism is that singlism is not part of our awareness. People usually don’t realize when they are practicing singlism, so they do so unselfconsciously and unapologetically.

The price of being single

In these collections of links, I include mostly only my own writings, but here I wanted to add this great article from the Ted Ideas Blog.

Singlism: From the subtle to the shocking

Is there a bias against single people?

Tempted to point out an act of prejudice or discrimination? Here are some risks

Beware, friends and family of single people: Singlism is contagious

Stopping singlism: What will work?

Matrimania

The cost of matrimania

In love with romantic love? That comes with risks

Matrimania mars the Olympics

Manti Te’o and the revenge of the romantic fantasy

When marriage is glorified, it is not just single people who are hurt

Further Reading

To read more about singlism and matrimania, check out these collections about single people in different domains and different places. Not all of the articles are about singlism or matrimania, but some are.

The workplace

Research and teaching

Religions and places of worship

Advertising, marketing, and business

Politics

Health care and illness

Psychotherapy and mental health

The military and foreign service

Popular culture (TV, movies, books, and magazines)

Celebrities, world figures, and people in politics and the media

Singles around the world

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