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Who’s Afraid of Being Single?

In a study that included both married and single people, the participants were asked to think about the extent to which they “fear being alone (, single, without a romantic partner).” Then they were asked to talk about that in their own words, specifying what in particular they feared or did not fear about being single.

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In China, the Only Women Who Can Be Astronauts Are Married Ones

In her new book, Leftover in China: The Women Shaping the World’s Next Superpower, Roseann Lake tells the story of China’s search for its first female astronaut. In the state-run newspaper, the headline announcing the quest was “Female astronauts: Single women need not apply.” Any single women who did apply, the article explained, would be “deemed unfit for the job.”

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Are Single People a Threat to Small-Town Values?

In the April 2018 issue of Atlantic magazine, Berkeley professor Alison Gopnik reviewed Steven Pinker’s latest book, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. As Gopnik notes, Pinker provides reams of data showing that for all sorts of measures of human progress, including “more education, peace, and prosperity, or fewer infectious diseases, murders, and even deaths by lightning,” the results suggest remarkable progress. Around the world, and over the course of human history, “on almost every measure, things have...
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