It's sometimes easier said than done to be truly single and happy. India has over 13 million single women. Oh yes. And we are still discussing single women stereotypes? Just why? High time we stop labelling single women as sloppy or arrogant, and lift off any societal prejudices. Here's a list of assumptions about single women we need to stop making like right now.
1. She is the Nutbag with a spirit of Freedom
This stereotype depicts a woman who doesn't want a man. She's too preoccupied with trying new hobbies, dancing at summer music festivals in fringed clothing, and being eccentric in general. Does this girl this different from the other girls? Stop assuming that just because she is having fun while enjoying her hobbies and interests doesn't mean she doesn’t want to be in a relationship in the future.
2. She does not wish to be alone
The stereotype that single girls don't want to be single must be broken. Society needs to understand that she chose to be single. "If you're single, happy, and have no regrets, it was meant to be." No one should ever tell you that you should be looking for "The One" when you are "The One."
3. She endlessly dates
She has a lot of dates. She has never been in a relationship that lasted more than a month, if she has people enjoy pointing the finger at a single woman and declaring that no man is suitable for her. This isn't always the case, though. Never settle for someone who possesses all of the desirable characteristics but isn't the right fit for you.
4. She is desperate
People also assume you're desperate to sleep with or date anyone, which is illogical. Most single people, on the other hand, have no desire to be in a relationship just to be in one. Why would you do something like that? Don't assume that just because someone is single, they aren't open to other possibilities.
5. She is obsessed with career
She is so focused on her work that she doesn't have time for men. Many people say this a lot of times. Why can't you have a career and a relationship at the same time? Let's stop shaming single women who enjoy their work, just as we don't shame perpetual bachelors who are solely focused on their careers.
6. Her Priorities Are Incorrect
Being single does not indicate that you are a workaholic or a party animal. It may or may not reflect your priorities, but who cares? It is up to you to determine your priorities, not those of others. It's a terrible thing to let society's stereotypes put a barrier between you and your priorities.
7. She is unhappy
It's not all doom and gloom on Valentine's Day and a lonely takeout every night when you're single. Let's confess that you can be happy, fulfilled, and completely self-sufficient on your own and that many single people already are.
8. She is unfulfilled
This stereotype is based on the notion that a woman's life revolves around her marriage. Certainly, this isn't true for many women, and studies show that single women can find fulfillment in a variety of ways other than their relationships, including having a great job, setting goals, volunteering, or starting a side business. Don't assume that a woman who is single is unhappy and unfulfilled.
9. She does not want children
The fact that a woman is single does not preclude her from having children in the future. It's also perfectly acceptable for a married woman to be childless. There's no right or wrong answer as long as your heart is in the right place.
10. She is an angry mean girl
She's been burned before and now despises the other gender. This stereotype is akin to calling a woman a bitch for having opinions and we all know that being a bitch has its perks. It doesn't mean you despise men just because you've had a bad breakup (which, let's face it, we've all had).
11. She does not know want she wants
Being single is the best way to figure out what you want in life. Rather than as a couple, you can discover who you are as an individual. This is an important distinction to make. In most cases, who we are on our own, as a single human being, is not the same as who we become or allow ourselves to be in a relationship. This is your opportunity to forge a strong sense of self and vow to never forget or let it go, regardless of who you are or are not with. It does not mean that you don't know what you actually want.
12. She is a tomboy, she can’t be 'wife material'
Firstly what is 'wife material'? Girls with tomboy personalities can marry and start a family as well. This persistent stereotype implies that women who have boyfriends or husbands are incapable of being strong. This stereotype must end immediately.
13. She is against marriage
Not every woman has a grudge against marriage. You have the right to decide whether or not something is right for you, just as you do with anything else.
14. She is too picky
Oh, and I'm not going to be in a relationship with people I don't like well enough to date? That doesn't strike me as excessively fussy. In my opinion, that's just the right amount of pickiness.
15. She is lonely
Our happiness has nothing to do with whether or not we are dating someone. This is harmful, especially in the age of social media, because it can cause women to sacrifice their self-worth and wellness in order to be perceived as happy and whole.
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