Stop Telling Single People That We’re Doomed to Be Unhealthy
(Link): Stop Telling Single People That We’re Doomed to Be Unhealthy by E. Scott
All over the internet today, you’ve probably seen some iteration of the following headline: ‘marriage is good for your health, so you’d better hurry up and get hitched unless you want to die young in some horrible way.’
Everyone’s talking about a new bit of research, which suggests that married people have better health than poor, sad, unhealthy singletons.
[Articles suggest that single adults live unhealthier life styles]
Why? Because single people are bloody miserable, apparently.
…Single people are bashed all too often. They’re told they’re selfish, lonely, and unloveable. They’re spinsters, losers.
There’s an overwhelming sense that no one is single by choice – that there must be something wrong with a single person, that they’re too picky, that they’re unattractive – because no one could possibly decide to be single out of their own personal preference.
…But we shouldn’t keep suggesting that marriage is the only way to be socially and emotionally fulfilled.
(Link): ‘Why Are You Single’ Lists That Do Not Pathologize Singles by Bella DePaulo