Women, what would you do if you were to be single for the rest of your life? How do you manage life as a single woman?
For as long as most people can remember, to be a single woman meant to be one of the most pitied and stigmatized creatures on earth. Far from being glamorous and fun, being a perpetually single woman meant that something was wrong with you. You apparently lacked the femininity and desirability of women who found happiness in marriage and family. The word “spinster” –an older unmarried woman– carried a connotation of loneliness, despair, and exclusion that few women wished to be branded with. The terms “single” and “happy” were rarely used in the same breath.
Nowadays there is the image of the Bachelorette and the Single Woman enjoying life to the fullest. Television shows and films such as Sex and the City highlight the ups and downs of the lives of single women, showing that single women’s lives aren’t much different from the lives of everyone else, and can in fact be more exciting and interesting. Women feel less pressured to be married and have focused more on other aspects of life.
But has life for the single woman truly changed? With upwards of half of all women being unmarried in countries such as the United States and Canada and single women outnumbering single men, many women may find themselves single. How will you adjust to the single life? Do you live as a single woman?