Single by Choice

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Who needs marriage these days? Cristen and Caroline discuss the record number of Americans choosing to stay single and why single women tend to spark more controversy and panic than single men.

Episode Sources:

"What If Staying Single Weren't Stigmatized?"

"Single By Choice"

"America: Single and Loving It"

"One's a Crowd"

"All the Single Ladies"

"The Politics of the 'Single by Choice' Movement"

Academic Insights:

"Record Share of Americans Have Never Married." Wendy Wang and Kim Parker. Pew Research Center Social and Demographic Trends. Sept. 24, 2014.

"Marriage and Divorce." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. June 19, 2014.

"The Single Consumer." David I. Gilliland and Naveen Donthu. Journal of Advertising Research. 2002.

"The Terror of the Single Old Maid: On the Insolubility of a Cultural Category." Kinneret Lahad and Haim Hazan. Women's Studies International Forum. November-December 2014.

"Single Professional Women: A Global Phenomenon Challenges and Opportunities." Linda Berg-Cross et al. Journal of International Women's Studies. June 2004.

"Women, Men and the Economics of Marriage." Richard Fry and D'Vera Cohn. Pew Research Center Social and Demographic Trends. Jan. 19, 2010.

"The Single Woman's Choice as a Zero-sum Game." Kinneret Lahad. Cultural Studies. May 23, 2013.

"Choice and chance: Negotiating agency in narratives of singleness." Jill Reynolds et al. The Sociological Review. May 2007.

"Single by choice? Assessing and Understanding Voluntary Singlehood Among Mature Gay Men." Andrew J. Hostetler. Journal of Homosexuality. May 5, 2009.

Topics in this Podcast: relationships, marriage, divorce, psychology, dating, culture, stereotypes, single women