Single Blessedness: Observations on the Single Status in Married Society

Single Blessedness: Observations on the Single Status in Married Society

Single Blessedness: Observations on the Single Status in Married Society

Single Blessedness: Observations on the Single Status in Married Society

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Until recent times women have generally received little encouragement to take honest stock of their social situation and their personal feelings about it, and transposing such feelings to the written or printed page has been the pastime of only a small privileged minority. Today, happily, we find ourselves in a more propitious situation. The feminist movement has opened up a veritable array of new opportunities for women, both to broaden the scope of their experiences and to disseminate through the published word their findings and views on these innovative trends. More important still are the beginnings of a respectful conviction that in the accumulated depths of women's private, unexpressed experiences there may lurk enlightening and sensible ideas about society in general and women's position in particular. With this belief goes the accompanying responsibility to articulate these thoughts since any liberation movement requires the resources of every concerned person to elucidate its workings and, through shared understanding, to generate the motive force for change.

As part of this social trend I have elected to explore the complex topic of singleness. In contrast to its antithesis of marriage, which has been subject to a spotlight glare of critical scrutiny, singleness has received almost no serious attention. For me a dynamite trail of thinking about the subject was laid several years ago by the casual invitation of an editorial friend to contribute to a . . .

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