for singles in popular culture

Single people are all over popular culture. Usually, they are portrayed in stereotypical ways. Occasionally, though, I am pleasantly surprised.

Literature, opera, the arts — all the forms that are considered more serious than popular culture — can go either way as well. You would think that there would be little caricaturing in this domain, but sadly, that’s not so.


Singles on TV: What’s the story?

Mary Tyler Moore’s character had a dignity today’s single women are denied

Home alone: What “The Gilmore Girls” got right

The Secretary of State takes on Singlism, in prime time

“The Good Wife”: A fantasized finale from Singleland

Will Christina leave Gery’s Anatomy because Mer turned into a kid-crazed matrimaniac?

Is this David Letterman’s most shameful Top 10 list?

Single women on TV: Are they as inspiring now as they were in 1966?

Single women in 1960s and 1970s TV: What should we make of their relationships?

Before ‘Mad Men’: Single women take 1960s and 1970s television by storm

How that shocking episode of Grey’s can turn out to be the most affirming

When one wedding is not enough

Sex and the City: The magic show

Why the swooning over difficult men but not difficult women?

Nightline hosts pity party for successful Black women

SNL brings us one more reason to smile – no, laugh out loud

Myth-busting for matrimaniacs, Daily Show style

Writing a script for Single at Heart: Really, there could be a TV show

The ultimate threat to single people: You’ll die alone (on Private Practice)


Documentaries about successful women: Ruined by romance

Hector’s search for happiness ends with a cliché

The movie ‘Brave’: Has Disney gifted us with a princess who is single at heart?

Have romantic comedies grown up?

What’s wrong with rom-coms? The same thing that’s wrong with everything else

Books, magazines, and other written stories

Do we need magazines for singles?

Now featuring: The woman who wanted to live alone and die alone

Do your parents dream about your wedding day? The highbrow media dreams small, too

Popular culture across genres

Beyond matrimania: Single life in books, movies, and TV

Single men in popular culture

Single men and women have different views of how singles are portrayed in the media

Skimpy attire but strong messages: Single women in popular media in past decades

Bite me? That’s what TV and movie romances do

In sitcoms, singles are not alone; in movies, they all end up married

Is marriage a status symbol or a rebuke to uppity women?

Beyond popular culture: Singles in literature, opera, and the arts

The marriage plot gets infiltrated by some savvy singles (about “The Marriage Plot,” by Jeffrey Eugenides)

Oscar or Silas? In Lily King’s “Writers and Lovers,” why does the protagonist have to choose any man?

The princess and the narcissist: Matrimania in classic opera (by Joan DelFattore)

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