More German Singlism — 2 Comments

  1. Well, considering that I really only have two data points, I probably shouldn’t make such a big deal out of it… There are conservatives everywhere (for example, 25% of the voters in San Francisco voted for Prop 8). One set of dismayed singlism came from an older woman, my parents’ generation; and another from a younger woman, my generation. I would love to see some more systematic cross-country comparison. My suspicion is that Europeans are more tolerant of couples living together without being married. I am not so sure, though, that singles are viewed as fully grown members of society.

  2. Is this coming from a specific age group amongst the people in Germany who received your letter? In my experience, older people are more likely to freak out over something like your “radical” announcement. I also think of Europeans as more progressive on, sigh, almost everything (esp in the last 8 years!!), but I wonder if this mostly includes the younger generations.

    I think this is so interesting: “I am eternally grateful to whoever came up with the definition of atheists as rejecting just one more god than theists. It is coming so handy in clarifying my thinking on choosing to be single” I didn’t know about that atheist thesis.

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