January 19, 2007

Welcome to the Majority

Posted in Lessons Learned at 9:48 pm by devilwearsbrooksbrothers

Boys, feel free to flip back to ESPN.com because this post is for the ladies.

Ladies, I would like to raise a toast.  To all of you out there that put your needs and career before finding and capturing Mr. Right; to those of you who recognize it is better to be by yourself than settled with someone you can moderately stand; to those of you who said, “It’s got to get better than this.”  I salute you. 

And so does every other major media outlet this week with the announcement from the U.S. Census Bureau that for the first time ever, 51% of American women are single. 

As soon as the news broke I knew it was one of the moments where years later we would all be talking about where we were when we first learned that single women over a certain age were no longer resigned to the life of the sad lonely cat lady.  I was sitting on my couch watching the national news.  They featured a lawyer in Chicago who was divorced and in no hurry to get re-married.  They followed her story up with a 51-year-old gallery curator who  said she was having fun and not ready to settle down.  That is when the tears started to well up in my eyes.  Then they showed a collage of our new role models:  Oprah, Condi and Diane Keaton. 

For too long friends and I have complained that it is unfair that men get to be bachelors while women are just single. And, as one commentator put it, if you were over 22 years old, you are just sad.  We have been barraged with news stories claiming there is a man shortage and that women have a shelf life and the those of us who choose a career over a family were going to end up sad and lonely and depressed.   

Recently those tides have been turning.  First there was Sex in the City, then there was Demi and Ashton and now this.  We have officially arrived as an acceptable and desirable demographic and I say it is time to celebrate. 

May I suggest you all put on your hottest work-to-happy-hour outfits, gather up some single girl friends and go to happy hour at a place based on their service and ability to mix a martini, not on whether or not you will be able to mix and mingle with members of the opposite sex.  Then, after happy hour, stop at your local convenience store and pick up your favorite junk food; food you would never let a boy see you eat.  Come home, change into your most comfortable pajamas (albeit also your ugliest) sit on your couch, eat your snacks and watch your favorite guilty pleasure television. 

And when you finally do go to bed, plop yourself down right in the middle and feel free to hog all the covers.  We have earned it.



  1. Legal Annie said,

    great sense of humor! always an entertaining read!

  2. An said,

    Absolutely fabulous!

  3. Katia said,

    *stands up & applauds*

    Very, well said indeed!

  4. Miriam said,

    When you stop calling yourself “girl” and the males “boys”, maybe you’ll also feel more secure in yourself and will be open to meeting men.

  5. Jenifer said,


    Ever consider adding fiber to your diet?

    The blog is meant to be lighthearted and entertaining not a news source or bastion for feminism. Take the blog for what it is and what some of us (ahem- Miriam) may be lacking in life…FUN!!


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