I knew it would happen. In an era of hash tags and isms it was only a matter of time before our growing unmarried population found a way to play the same card.
It’s finally here single folks. You’re very own ism. Singlism. This is the new word for the way that singles are discriminated against in our society. I guess the people doing it will be called Singlist? Man the church for sure is #singlist. No doubt about that.
Bella DePaulo is a single lady in her sixties and a harvard trained social scientist has “coined” the term. (Man I wish I had gotten to it first). She defines it as “the stereotyping, stigmatizing and discrimination of people who are not married”.
Oh but it gets better. Married people of course have “marital privilege — the unearned advantages that benefit those who are married”
DePaulo actually points out many things that we’ve talked about here. Married people make more money than single people. Not only that, but due to tax laws, family leave acts, along with other systemic Singlism issues in the corporate world such as insurance rates and even travel packages, singles end up paying more for things. All of that is true.
Man, I was a victim for so long, and I didn’t even realize it.