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The Many Ways to Be Agentically Single: Guest Post by Kristen Bernhardt


[Bella’s intro: For far too long, single life has been neglected by scholars who instead pour all their energy and attention into the study of marriage. So when I learn about new scholars who are studying single life, I am delighted. That is especially true when their work is superb. That was my impression of a thesis, “Party of One,” by Kristen “Edie” Bernhardt. It inspired me to spend some time updating my knowledge of new concepts relevant to relationships, sexual orientations, gender identities, and more. There were so many important insights in that thesis, so I asked the author if she would share some of them with us. I am so grateful that she agreed. In this article, she tells us why she has never wanted to marry, why she considers herself “agentically single” and how she got interested in studying such a thing.]

 

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