I have been documenting singlism – the stereotyping of singles and discrimination against them – for years. I’ve published studies of singlism in social science journals, showing, for example, evidence of housing discrimination. I reviewed various categories of discrimination against singles in Singled Out, and in Singlism, several dozen other thinkers and activists joined me in writing about the many ways in which singles are shortchanged just because they are single.
Sometimes single people declare that they have never been targets of discrimination, but in the United States, that is not possible. Discrimination is written right into our federal and state laws.
One reason why people do not realize that singlism occurs is that it gets so little attention. This week is an exception. The Daily Beast (the online website of Newsweek) is featuring a story by Maura Kelly titled “Singled out: Are unmarried people discriminated against?” Below are six examples of discrimination she highlighted in her story. (For other examples, check out Singlism.)
Singles, it is time for us to say that we are fed up and we are not going to take it anymore!
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