Why Single Women Have Baby Fear Of Missing Out – by L. Crocker – via Daily Beast
Fortunately for me, I never cared much if I had any children or not, so I’m “meh” about not having kids.
(Link): Why Single Women Have Baby FOMO by L. Crocker
- Single women have more power, influence, and freedom than ever before—but that freedom is still complicated by child-bearing.
- It’s not easy for single women of a certain age to revel in their singledom. There comes a time—one that varies depending on cultural, geographic, and socioeconomic backgrounds—when the single woman in America feels like an anomaly among her peers, regardless of whether she’s single by choice or not.
- In reality, the opposite is true: There are more single women now than ever.
- In 2009, the number of American women who were married fell below 50 percent, and the number of women younger than 34 who had never been married climbed to 46 percent.
- The numbers reflect a broader cultural shift that has allotted single women more power, influence, and freedom than ever before.
- We’ve seen the single woman’s rise touted in books like Kate Bolick’s (Link): Spinster (2015), about how the author has managed to live independently for 39 years, taking cues from other unconventional women. We’ve seen it in television shows about powerful single women, too, like Liz Lemon in 30 Rock.
- Now, feminist writer Rebecca Traister shows us just how far we’ve come in 50 years in her new book, All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation. (New York magazine ran a cover story adapted from the book last week, a viral essay about the (Link): value of the single woman’s vote in this election cycle.)
- All the Single Ladies argues that single women, “untethered from the energy-sucking and identity-sapping institution of marriage in its older forms,” have long played crucial roles in our country’s defining social movements, from abolitionism to suffragism to feminism.