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Singled Out: How Singles are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After Hardcover – November 14, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
DePaulo fastidiously defines the various categories of singlehood-divorced, widowed or just plain never been married-and gives their struggle a voice in this intriguing cultural study. According to DePaulo, "singlism" is the pervasive discrimination single people face in politics and everyday life, though DePaulo makes it clear he isn't equating it with racism or sexism. Rather, DePaulo uncovers society's immediate associations-conscious and otherwise-with the word "single," including the implication of loneliness, homosexuality and/or a personal defect that prevents a single person from achieving the dubiously enshrined goal of marriage. In addition, this exhaustive study reveals how marriage has come to represent the foundation of both American society and politics, and how the resulting system of discrimination pervades even in this modern age of financial freedom-including increased tax burdens, decreased social security benefits, and real-world wage disparity. In identifying the stigmas of being single and debunking myths like "marrieds know best," DePaulo has given this complicated subject the attention and respect it deserves, opening a dialogue without offering any pat solutions.
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---E. Kay Trimberger, author of The New Single Woman
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I was blown away at the chapter that discussed all the legal privileges that married couples receive especially in the army. I had no idea. Yea, Dr. Depaulo was a little rough at times but I can only imagine all that she had to endure as a single woman. People can be so rude and just flat out mean toward singles and I could go on and on about all the "Aha" moments I had reading this book. I highly recommend it to everybody, especially for my fellow single girls!
Singles, whether they choose to be or not, may still live happily ever after of course. But the constant need to justify to the world of their "singleness" may be a huge burden and that may lead many people who are perfectly happy alone, to opt-out of their single life during some part of their life just to rid of the constant "nagging" by the society. This may help explain why someone would spend thousands of dollars on online dating websites, get rejected by countless matches over the years and still wanted to be in the "game". To be not married, by some societies if not most, meant not be "accepted". Contrary to the notion that we all want to be unique and special in this current narcissistic rampant world, we all want to be and feel "accepted" by the society.
The billion dollar online dating industry would shudder in fear the day when this book becomes mainstream and highly accepted as a matter of fact. It is a futile exercise to prove or disprove anything written in this book and its not the point. It certainly makes a thought-provoking read and get us thinking about many things in life that we take for granted.
As a single women with no desire to be otherwise I have experienced most of the discrimination and frustration that she describes and am grateful to know that I am not the only one.