Like many of you, I’m sure, I’ve been so caught up in what’s going on in Japan and Libya that it’s been hard to pay much attention to domestic dramas this week. But late last night I was bopping around the web, and this story caught my eye (how could it not).
Unmarried: The Tempest in Tampa – I’m sure there are lots of people who haven’t seen it, what with the world seeming to be on the brink of disaster. Here’s the short version: a single woman dared to run for Mayor of Tampa. Shocking! And we all know that single women are deviants.
There may, or may not have actually been a kinda funny flyer sent out trying to use her single-hood against her (well, I think it’s funny):
Unmarried: Rose Ferlita has put her political ambition first and foremost, while her opponent is a dedicated family man with two children — Ferlita is an unmarried woman with a suspect commitment to family values.
Now, who knows, maybe there are lots of people who think married people would make better mayors? That a single woman (or man) couldn’t possibly have the same commitment to family values. Whatever the hell that means in 2011.
But here is what I think – I think there’s a fine line between this and all of the (hundreds) of ridiculous articles/posts written each year about how single women are to BLAME for their single status and that their/we’re all selfish, shallow, stupid sluts. Because, of course, being single is BAD. Hence, single women are deviants.
The saddest/funniest (not sure which, maybe both) thing of all, in my mind, is how much of this nonsense is coming from other women.
Tags: commitment, single-ness