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Single Parents and Their Children: The Good News No One Ever Tells You

cover, single parents bookI have been scrutinizing the research on single parents and their children for more than a decade. I’ve learned lots of things, but perhaps the most important one is this: all those predictions you hear about how the children of single parents are doomed are grossly exaggerated or just plain wrong.

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Want to Join the Community of Single People?

Henri Matisse, Jazz, XII The Swimmer in the PoolAll sorts of people get in touch with me, hoping that I can put them in touch with other single people who want to live their single lives fully (and not just escape them). Others want me to point them to helpful resources. A few of the many examples are listed below in the next section, “What Are People Looking For?”

Every time I get one of those requests, I try to generate names or resources offhand. That’s not very efficient. Plus, I only know a very tiny fraction of the single people (or scholars of single people or professionals who work with single people) who might be interested in helping out or who might also want to be in touch with other single people (for friendship, discussion, workshops, or just about anything else except dating).

So, for anyone who is interested, I would like to start a Community of Single People. I want to know who you are so I can connect you with interested parties (as described below). Once the Community is launched, however, members who want to do more with the community can also use it in other ways (for example, to discuss on Facebook anything that interests them).

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Many E-Books on Sale

cover, Best of Single LifeFor many (though not all) of my e-books, I have the option to put them on sale for seven days, several times a year. One of those weeks is starting today, June 13, 2015, I think at 8 a.m. (If you are reading this after June 20, 2015, this particular sale is over but the regular prices of all of these books are still affordable.)

These are Kindle countdown sales. The way they work is that the prices of the books are at their very lowest (99 cents) on the first day, then gradually increase over the course of the week to their usual list price. The sale is ongoing at both the US and the UK Amazon sites.

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My Monthly Column for Unmarried Equality

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I’m delighted to announce that, as of April of 2015, I am now writing a monthly column for Unmarried Equality (UE), an advocacy group that has been “standing up for fairness and equal treatment of all people regardless of marital status since 1998.”

I’ll post the links to those columns here, with the most recent ones on top. At the UE site, the column is called “Bella’s Blog.”

Congressional Representatives Least Likely to Support Trump’s Agenda Have Highest Proportion of Never-Married Constituents in Their Districts

The Great Unraveling: Marriage Liberated Us by Coming Undone

Martin Duberman Explains Why Marriage Equality Was Too Small a Dream

When You Hear “Success Sequence,” Think “Marriage Propaganda”

Unmarried Americans, is it wrong to complain about the small stuff? (Microaggressions in single life)

How unmarried people are ignored even by those who should be paying attention

Please Don’t Make Us Marry to Get Legal Protections, Say Different-Sex Couples in the UK

Fairness for Single People: New Initiative for Calling Out Unfair and Fair Practices

Less Marriage, More Equality?

Great Labor Market? Not for Single People

6 Married Therapists Spent 18 Months Confronting Their Own Biases Against Single Women

Israeli Scholar Calls for the Politicization of Singlehood

How Kindness and Customs Contribute to the Wealth Advantage of People Who Marry: The Example of Weddings

The Injustices of Unmarried Life Have Been Named, and the Terms Are Sticking

The “Premier Family Form”: Ideology, Shaming, and the Misleading Use of Science

New Survey Shows Openness Toward Diverse Family Forms. Will Nondiscriminatory Policies Follow?

Why Unmarried Women, More Often Than Married Women, Vote for Democrats: New Research Suggests a New Answer

Social Security Massively Favors Married and Previously Married People

The Myth that Married People Are Superior: Challenge It at Your Peril

Taxing Singles More Than Couples: It Is Hard to Find a Country with a Bigger Disparity than the U.S.

Comprehensive Unmarried Equality Must Include Parental Rights for Friends

A Victory for Unmarried Cohabiting Couples in a Time of Horrifyingly Discriminatory Proposals

Will Same-Sex Marriage Undermine One of the Best Things the LGBT Community Gave to the World?

Banning Adults without Children from Playgrounds: Disturbing Implications about the Place of Single People in America 

How to Make Things Better for Unmarried Americans – with No Help Forthcoming from the Federal Government

What Unmarried Americans Want

How Unmarried Americans Fare as Home Buyers: Single Women, Single Men, and Unmarried Couples

How the Important People in the Lives of Unmarried Americans Are Shortchanged

We the Unmarried: Universities Just Aren’t into Us, and That Needs to Change

The Subversive Implication of Same-Sex Marriage that No One Predicted

Journalists and Social Scientists Glorify Married People. Will We All Look Back in Shame?

Why Is Marriage Still So Glorified When So Many People Are Not Married?

Beyond the Nuclear Family: New Policies and Practices Are Needed for the Way We Live Now

How the Washington Post (Almost) Published a Week of Respectful Articles about Unmarried Life

Unmarried Status Is a Diversity Issue

Unmarried Americans as Home Buyers and Home Creators

The Right to Be Single

Nuclear family privilege: Naming it and slaying it

Is Marriage a Greedy Institution?

Housing Discrimination Against People Who Are Not Married: What We Just Don’t Get

Now It’s Really Time for Unmarried Equality

3 Roads to Social Justice — For Lasting Change, We Must Follow Them All

The Global Struggle for Unmarried Equality: The Case of Finland

The Marriage Opportunists Are Coming – We Need to Be Prepared (In this first column, there were technical challenges at the UE site, so you can find this column with better formatting and all the links here.)

If You Are Single, Is There a Place for You in Your Place of Worship?

churches, for religion collectionSome years back, there was a time when I was getting so many comments and emails from single people who were not feeling welcome in their places of worship that I started a series of posts on the topic. I wrote an introduction to the series, and then each post after that began with the question, “Which religions are welcoming to singles?” and continued with the answers from a particular religion. I didn’t write anything but the introduction – I don’t have the expertise. Instead, I invited people with expertise in different religions to answer some of the questions that readers of my Singled Out book and my Psychology Today blog had been asking me. As you will see below, I got answers from people with expertise in Judaism, Christian ministries, and Catholicism.

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