In a Married World, Singles Struggle for Attention

The New York Times - Here’s a September celebration you probably didn’t know about: It’s National Single and Unmarried Americans Week.

Here’s a September celebration you probably didn’t know about: It’s National Single and Unmarried Americans Week.

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The pressure to marry is particularly strong for women. A 2009 study by researchers at the University of Missouri and Texas Tech University carried the title “I’m a Loser, I’m Not Married, Let’s Just All Look at Me.” The researchers conducted 32 interviews with middle-class women in their 30s who felt stigmatized by the fact that they had never married.

“These were very successful women in their careers and their lives, yet almost all of them felt bad about not being married, like they were letting someone down,” said Lawrence Ganong, a chairman of human development and family studies at the University of Missouri.

“If a person is happy being single,” he said, “then we should support that as well.”

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