It’s still selling! I’m talking about that card game, Old Maid, in which EVERYONE wins except the person who is stuck with the Old Maid card. Natalya sent me this gem – thanks, Natalya! As she pointed out, this singlism is being peddled to children.
I say it is time to rewrite the rules of Old Maid. First, and most obviously, whoever ends up with the Old Maid WINS! And, of course, we need a new picture of the single woman.
Shall we also rename the game? Suggestions welcome.
[UPDATE: The subscribe RSS should now be working and the comments should be posting automatically.]
Thanks, everyone, for all the kind comments you’ve been sending me about this new blog and website! Much appreciated.
There does seem to be one problem so far, with the “Subscribe to my blog, entries RSS” option. It works for some people and not for others. (Even I am in the latter category!) My web wizard will take a look at it late-night tonight, so hopefully it will be fixed by tomorrow. Sorry for the inconvenience. The option to subscribe to comments seems to be working for everyone.
Apparently, comments are moderated, so I need to approve them before they appear, meaning they won’t show up instantaneously. Not sure if I can set the option to let them appear immediately — I know that opens the site to spammers.
Thanks for your patience with your tech-challenged blogger.
I’ve been writing the Living Single blog at Psychology Today since March of 2008. Entries that were posted earlier tend to have more page views. With that in mind, here are the Top 20 posts about single life from that blog. (I wrote some posts on other topics that would have made this list but I’m not including them here.)
It is SO easy to make fun of psychology majors and people trained in psychology. There’s all the jargon of the academic researchers and the apparent obviousness of some of our findings. Then there’s the stereotype (and sometimes reality) of the touchy-feely clinicians. And it is not as if we typically walk into jobs paying the big bucks.
A funny thing happened, though, when I served on a university promotion and tenure committee many years ago. On this very high-powered committee of scholars from all different departments, evaluating the scholarship of academics from across the university, I felt proud of my training in psychology.
There are times when certain topics seem to be in the air, even with no obvious hook from the world of news or entertainment to hang them on. Lately, I’ve received a number of emails from people who don’t have children. Some don’t want kids and are annoyed when relatives or new acquaintances assume that they do. (Friends usually know better.) Other people have written to tell me that they would love to have kids, but don’t know if it will ever happen. Their issues are different from those of the people who don’t want kids.