Sometimes I read stuff that I really want to comment on, but it takes me a few days to figure out exactly what I want to say.
And then there are other times when I read something so smart, so important that I realize I have nothing really substantive to add. This is one of those times.
Last week, the big news for women in the blogosphere was the Shriver Report. Well, it was big news for some women in the blogosphere. I took a poke through it and then got sad and pissed off really fast. Then I read Bella DePaulo’s smart analysis of what’s missing/wrong with the report, and I felt much, much better. Because I realized that a) it wasn’t my imagination b) I wasn’t alone.
A couple of highlights from DePaulo’s post, titled Shriver Report Serves Up Compulsory Marriage and Mothering:
- There are 47 million single women in America.
- “America may be, as the Shriver Report claims in its title, A Woman’s Nation, but the report is overwhelmingly about married women and mothers. The 47 million others are marginalized.”
- There are now fewer households comprised of mom, dad, and the kids than there are households of single people living solo.
Seriously, you should read the whole post.
Tags: single, single women