Jews, Muslims, Mormons and Baptists gathered to talk about the challenges of being single in marriage-obsessed communities.
Some are happy, or happy enough, in situations others would expect to make them miserable.
“35 and Single” is a feature film following Argentine filmmaker Paula Schargodorosky as she sifts through what it means to be in your 30s, single, and wanting to be free and independent when all your friends are getting married and having kids.
You’re a woman who wants to get married. You’ve hired a wedding planner, picked a dress and reserved the location. The only thing missing is the groom.
According to Jane Eisner’s recent editorial, “For 2013, A Marriage Agenda,” I am a failure. So are the hordes of other young, unattached Jews who have committed significant time, effort and resources to enriching the communal life of the Jewish people. Our fatal sin: being single and childless. And yet without us, the Jewish world would be a bleaker, more boring, place.
Over the summer in The Atlantic, writer Kate Bolick looked into why smart, attractive women like herself may never get married. Through a heavy dose of anecdotes and a smattering of science, Bolick ascertained that the problem is that the more women achieve more the less they have in the way of marriage prospects. She boils her marriage choices down to two categories: the growing number of under-performing men (referred to as“deadbeats”), and the increasingly rare high-performing “playboys,” who have more power than ever in this era of male decline.