Unlike other isms that are more widely recognized, singlism (the stereotyping, stigmatizing, and discrimination against single people) is not on most people’s radar. What’s more, if they do hear about it, they often deny it or minimize it or lash out at the people who point to it. What’s going on? Here are some of the blog posts I’ve written about this. The book, Singlism: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How to Stop It, is relevant, too.

People deny that singlism exists; why do they do that?

Denial of discrimination: What motivates it?

What singlism? An experimental study of obliviousness to discrimination against singles

What happens if you do point out an act of prejudice or discrimination against single people?

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

Have you experienced discrimination? Keep quiet or else!

Is it bad to notice discrimination?

Singlism is real and naming it matters

Naming it matters: ‘Singlism,’ ‘matrimania,’ and their journey into our awareness

Singlism: How serious is it, really?

Is it wrong to complain about the small stuff? Microaggressions in single life

Also relevant

When ‘you’re too sensitive’ means ‘stay in your place’

Are married people the true victims of singlism? (No.)

Why we need consciousness-raising about singlism: New York Times edition

 

Also see: Singlism and Matrimania

And this book: Singlism: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How to Stop It

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