Single people are routinely stereotyped, stigmatized, and ignored, as I highlighted in the subtitle of my book, Singled Out: How Singles Are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After. They are also shamed. Here are some examples of that. Happily, as the number of single people grows and as more people spend more years of their lives not married, single people are sometimes celebrated, too. This collection also includes examples of ways in which single people are celebrated.
How many single people are there? Are more American adults married or unmarried? How many people are staying single for life? What about rates of remarrying? These and many other demographic trends – along with discussions of their meanings – have been topics of my writings. Here are some links.
Want to see people descend into full stereotype mode? Bring up the topic of single people and their pets. Here are some examples, plus a more thoughtful approach to the topic.
There are so many ways to critique marriage. Should it even exist? Should it be reformed? Should the government get out of the marriage business? Here are a few of my writings on the topic. Many of them draw from the critiques of other scholars.
Single people have yet to have their moment as a political force. That’s unfortunate, as there are so many ways that they are denied the benefits and protections accorded to people who are married. Here are links to discussions of advocacy, activism, and issues facing singles; the legal and financial costs of single life; politics and voting; matters of privilege; and more.