Increased Divorce in the Pandemic [Sponsored Post]

Increased Divorce in the Pandemic [Sponsored Post]

By Veronica Davis

 [From Bella: During the pandemic, lots of people pitied people who were single, especially if they were living alone – even though many of them were doing fine. In this guest post, Veronica Davis describes some of the ways in which it was the couples who were having a hard time.]

During the pandemic and especially following the worldwide lockdowns, the rate of divorce began skyrocketing. Couples who had been together for years and even decades were filing for divorce at a much higher rate than before. The trend seemed to extend to all couples, with relationships ending all over the world after couples had been locked in their homes together for months.

The pandemic provided the perfect opportunity for marital problems to arise, as people were stuck at home with little to do. Even with lockdowns lifted today, the increase in people working from home and unresolved issues that arose during those times has left some relationships unrepairable.

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Being the Change We Single People Want to See: Guest Post by Jaclyn Geller

Being the Change We Single People Want to See: Guest Post by Jaclyn Geller

Photo by David Justice

Jaclyn Geller is guest-posting here to share her bold (and sometimes hilarious) Call to Action for single people who are tired of the pervasive unfairness that advantages married people and deeply disadvantages anyone who is not officially married. Geller, an English professor and author of Here Comes the Bride: Women, Weddings, and the Marriage Mystique, has long been at the cutting edge of thinking on matters of fairness for people who are not married. I have been hosting her guest posts since 2009.

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It’s a Pandemic and These Single People Have Been Doing Fine

It’s a Pandemic and These Single People Have Been Doing Fine



Heard that all single people have been crushed by the pandemic? Don’t believe it.

It seems like every major publication has featured some article pitying those single people whose lives have been ruined during the pandemic. I’m not unsympathetic – some single people really have been having a hard time, and their stories deserve to be told.

What I object to, vociferously, is the implication that their stories represent the only ways that single people experience the pandemic. In December 2020, I started inviting single people to share their pandemic experiences with me. Dozens have done so. I wrote about them in three articles, described below. I thank them again for sharing their stories.

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The Views Expressed are Those of the Artist: Guest Post by Mark Fallon

The Views Expressed are Those of the Artist: Guest Post by Mark Fallon

[Bella’s intro: Mark Fallon is the distinguished co-author of a previous guest post here, the important and popular “State-Sponsored Bullshit.” He is back with another creative and thoughtful contribution. Fallon does not play an NCIS special agent on TV – that’s what he is for real. In this essay, he explains that “renditions of my art are sent to the Pentagon, and possibly to the FBI and CIA in Langley for review and possible censorship.” I am grateful to him for sharing his insights here.] (more…)