‘In the countryside it’s much worse: people see you as a social pariah,’ she says. Our relationships, like our lives, are varied and fulfilling, neither compromised nor defined by coupledom.
It’s time singlists saved their pity for those who deserve it.
If so many women like Bella, Catherine and Emma are discovering just how fulfilling life can be outside of a marriage, why then are single women like them — and me — subjected to singlism?
Shouldn’t we be admired rather than pitied for proving that a long-term relationship with a man is not the only route to personal happiness?
Yes, I have read the statistics that marriage brings enormous benefits.
Married people live longer than their single counterparts; single women have mortality rates 50 per cent higher than married women; married women are 30 per cent more likely to rate their health as excellent or very good compared to single women.
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