Matrimania – the over-the-top hyping of marriage, weddings, and couples – is pervasive every day of the year, but it really gets ramped up over the holidays. So does singlism – the stereotyping, stigmatizing, and discrimination against people who are single. Pitying single people practically becomes a national sport.
Here is my collection of writings on being single for the holidays. Don’t expect any singles-pity. But you may find the tables turned on those kinds of emotional practices. Enjoy!
Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and Other End-of-Year Holidays
Thankful to be alone: If I had surrendered to society’s expectations, I’d have a life I never wanted.
“All I want for Christmas is…solitude!” Guest post by Cathy Goodwin
Singled Out: How Singles Are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After (about Valentine’s Day, p. 104-106)
Step away from that spouse! Another take on the value of friends (about Valentine’s Day)
Singles Week and Singles Day – I’ve written about these so often, I’ll have to gather all the relevant posts some other time
You may also want to check out: What’s great about solitude: Here’s what we know and The new science of living alone: Here’s a lot of what we know.