Washington Post Magazine reporter Ellen Mc Carthy wrote about what it's like to live without a partner for years and decades, and the changing social and cultural implications of being single.She and Wendy Braitman, who writes about the unmarried life the blog "First Person Singular: Notes from an unmarried life," took questions and comments on Monday, Feb. Story: The single life: Some people never find the love of their lives. Survey results: What single people said about advantages, disadvantages, goals and rationales Photo Gallery Hi everyone. I’ve been writing First Person Singular, Notes from an Unmarried Life as a way to give voice to the single experience, with its ordinary and not so ordinary challenges.
We are viewed by others as 1) pathetic losers, 2) rivals, 3) mysterious creatures...
I view myself as happily unencumbered, answering to no one for travel, etc.
You do have to get used to dining alone, taking care of issues alone, or of finding friends etc to assist. I’ve been writing First Person Singular, Notes from an Unmarried Life as a way to give voice to the single experience, with its ordinary and not so ordinary challenges.
Settling for less than what you want just to conform to parental or societal expectations is a non-starter, as is staying in a bad relationship just to conform. I’m excited about getting the chance to be in real time conversation with you today.
We’ve been bombarded, historically, and even in modern life, with a portrait of the single woman as a misfit and someone to be pitied.
So to read a description of living single, satisfied, and well adjusted, is long overdue.I thank Ellen Mc Carthy for writing this sensitive piece.Good Afternoon, Ellen, Thank you for writing this article and for attempting to dispel some myths and stereotypes. "The single life: Some people never find the love of their lives.I was a bit surprised by the tone of the article, almost melancholy. And live to tell about it." was more hopeful than the article and the accompanying photo. I would have preferred the photo of you in this Q&A over the dog walking photo. I'm not sure that I intended the tone of the story to be melancholy. With each person I interviewed we talked about the ups and downs of life without a partner.The former is a much more positive [and flattering] image. There were both, as there is in any life, and so my intention was to write a story that covered that spectrum.I am impressed by your ability to express in your blog posts how a person can be happy in the life they have while still hoping a different life in the future. Read the article and thought you are talking about those who live single which is one group of people and then there are those single/divorced people who live with children, roommates and even parents.