What, in Mexico, was long considered the worst possible fate for a woman? According to a Mexican magazine article, if you said staying single, you win. Now, happily, the singles are winning, as attitudes are changing there in ways that may well qualify as revolutionary.
I don’t know this first-hand. A few months ago, I was interviewed for Fernanda magazine, the Mexican equivalent of Oprah’s magazine. The February 2013 issue featured the story by Guadalupe Flores, “Disfruta tu Solterania” – “Enjoy Your Singehood.” Take that, old guard!
I have a wonderful friend who offered to read the story and tell me what it said. (She has a PhD in Spanish; she wishes to remain anonymous.) She said that the article puts the whole trend toward living single in an international context. All over the world, people are marrying later, or staying single for life. That, I already knew. Here’s something I didn’t know: Spain celebrates “Singles Day” on February 13.
My friend’s summary of the article also includes this:
“In Mexico and other countries, more and more women are pursuing professional goals. Marriage is not an all-consuming desire for these people. These women achieve economic independence and happiness in their single state.”
The article also includes a discussion of my work on singlism. It urges everyone to fight discrimination against singles.
Makes me wish I knew Spanish!
This post is one in a series of articles I have been writing about the place of singles in various countries around the world. In most instances, the new trends are hopeful ones. Here are my previous posts on the topic:
If you have first-hand knowledge of the place of singles in Mexico (or anywhere else, for that matter), please share that with us in the comments section.
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