There's been a lot of ink spilt over the issue of female singleness recently — but who are we really talking about when we talk about single ladies? And who's getting left out of the equation?
Writing for In These Times, Sady Doyle makes a persuasive case that the kind of single ladies mainstream media outlets (and, on occasion, Jezebel) typically freak out about are the rich kind — or at least, the comfortably middle-class. Doyle notes that Kate Bolick, whose Atlantic cover story on single women received so much play late last year, "posits that in vitro fertilization (which costs between $10,000 and $20,000) is always an option for would-be single mothers, as she explains that she 'flew around the world to research this article,' staying in a 'rambling Cape Cod summer house' and a 'handsome mid-century apartment in Chelsea,' while her single female friends traveled through Italy or attended meditation retreats." But, she explains, "80 percent of women living below the poverty line are unmarried" — where's their trend piece?