DePaulo fastidiously defines the various categories of singlehood-divorced, widowed or just plain never been married-and gives their struggle a voice in this intriguing cultural study. According to DePaulo, "singlism" is the pervasive discrimination single people face in politics and everyday life, though DePaulo makes it clear he isn't equating it with racism or sexism. Rather, DePaulo uncovers society's immediate associations-conscious and otherwise-with the word "single," including the implication of loneliness, homosexuality and/or a personal defect that prevents a single person from achieving the dubiously enshrined goal of marriage. In addition, this exhaustive study reveals how marriage has come to represent the foundation of both American society and politics, and how the resulting system of discrimination pervades even in this modern age of financial freedom-including increased tax burdens, decreased social security benefits, and real-world wage disparity. In identifying the stigmas of being single and debunking myths like "marrieds know best," DePaulo has given this complicated subject the attention and respect it deserves, opening a dialogue without offering any pat solutions.
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Singled Out may be the single most important book you buy this year. (Bookworm Sez)
Gleefully debunks a number of sad-sack "facts." According to DePaulo's myth-busting research, [singles] are every bit as happy, healthy, and long-lived as couples. (Seattle Metropolitan)
If you're sick of your family asking, "So when are you gonna settle down?" or your boss saddling you with a fatter workload than your married coworkers, you will love Dr. Bella DePaulo's insightful, irreverent book. (Michelle Goodman, author of The Anti 9-to-5 Guide)
An engaging new book that brims with invigorating wit and unparalleled perspective. (Tucson Citizen)
Intriguing cultural study . . .DePaulo has given this complicated subject the attention and respect it deserves. (Publisher’s Weekly)
DePaulo dismantles [a few other] claims of the pro-marriage lobby. (Windy City Times)
Don't miss Bella DePaulo's Singled Out. (Sasha Cagen, author of QuirkyAlone)
She has a message for singles and couples alike: If you forget about your nonromantic relationships, you're missing out on a whole lot of love. (Santa Barbara News-Press)
An expose of the widespread cultural bias facing unmarried adults in America. (Harvard Magazine)
[A] terrific book (Amy Alkon, Syndicated Advice Columnist)
A masterpiece…filled with inspirational quotes…Every single should read this book (Yuspie (Young Urban Single Professionals of Indiana) Book Club)
[Shows that singles] can be as productive, charming, fun, moral, and wise as their coupled counterparts (Virginia Quarterly Review)
DePaulo combines her training as a social psychologist with wit and sharp analysis, bringing the entire "marriage is better" argument down like a house of cards. (Windy City Times)