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akritighosh | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 22, 2010 at 12:13 PM via web

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What are American society's views on single women?

What are American society's views on single women?

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 22, 2010 at 12:22 PM (Answer #2)

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I'll assume the rest of your question as being, what is society's image of single women in the United States?  Modify your question if you mean something else and I'll adjust the answer.

There are several societal views on this subject.  Those who are single through school and college are supported by society, as opposed to those who marry young, which most consider a mistake.  Exceptions: segments of the Latino population and the Mormon Church.

Another view is that women who are single into their thirties are somehow failures.  This used to be more prevalent in older times, but is still around.  The number of people who never marry is consistently rising over time, but the social stigma remains.

There is another view, by women of women that often views unmarried females as independent and leaders.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 22, 2010 at 3:21 PM (Answer #3)

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Certainly, American society's views on single women have definitely changed over time.  For a period of time, single women were viewed with a bit more negative perception.  Some were seen as "incapable" of "landing a husband" or seen as if they possessed some handicap or condition which made them seem "less" of a women for not marrying.  Over time, this perception has thankfully changed in that there are more women who are choosing to be single out of choice and asserting their own voice in the process.  In making it a decision that has been made by women's own autonomy, mainstream American social orders no longer dictate that a women has to be married.

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted May 31, 2010 at 1:38 PM (Answer #4)

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I think that opinions of single women have changed over the years. Many years ago, single women were often viewed in a negative way. It was assumed that something was wrong with them-why didn't a man want them?

Now days this view has changed. Single women are generally viewed as being more independent and career focused. More and more women are waiting until they have established careers before they are getting married and having children.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 21, 2011 at 8:53 AM (Answer #5)

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Society used to view women over the age of 30 or so as spinsters who were unable to marry. Now, people marry later. I think there is still a stigma against single moms. Although there are a lot of reasons a woman might be a single mother, people assume that they had the baby out of whetlock and look down upon them.

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