Single Women

You Know You've Been Single for Too Long When...

Sadie Brown | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Comedy
Sadie Brown

Below are some of my favourite 'signs' that you're too far gone for your own good. If you like, why not count up how many you may be currently experiencing, and then get the hell out there, right now.

Memories of Us Not Enough? What Legacy Can the Single or Childless Leave?

Paula Coston | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Coston

I'm 59, the eldest of four siblings, but have no partner and no children. A sense of inadequacy grows: what can I leave my nephews and nieces, and their children? I don't mean memories; I mean, what that is tangible and lasting, that I can equitably share among them? It's like feeling a phantom limb, a shadowy disconnect with future generations that I so ache to put right.

Why the World Needs Childfree Women

Claudia Spahr | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Claudia Spahr

The western woman has power, education and compassion. She creates, connects and integrates... Childfree ladies can transform their lives radically overnight and act on impulse... Motherhood shouldn't define being a woman and we shouldn't let the 'mother-tick-yes-or-no-box' divide us.

I Don't Need a Husband... But Lord, Do I Want One

Laura Jane Williams | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Jane Williams

We all deserve a cheerleader, a champion, an equal. I've taken it this far, and I've done it goddamn well. If this is life alone, then life in a partnership - a coupling where we make each other better, compensate for weaknesses and amplify strengths - well, s**t. That'd be some life.

Ignored by the Media, Childless Women - and Jonathan Ross - Take to the Streets

Paula Coston | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Coston

In my last two posts on this site, I lambasted the persistently patchy and unrepresentative UK press coverage of alternative womanhoods and 'their' issues and lifestyles: single women, women without children, older women, gay women, transgender women, and more.

Why Does Society Diagnose You as Terminally Single?

Madison Taylor | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Madison Taylor

Why is it, that in our community, we feel that being single is a punishment, undesirable; and basically means you're a hideous leper? This is what I tell my mother constantly, as more than once a week she asks if I am seeing someone.

What the Press Should Do for Childless, Single and Other 'Alternative' Women: A Manifesto

Paula Coston | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Coston

Ensure through forward scheduling that the following facts are regularly aired and updated, whether through appropriate book reviews, interviews, features or other formats:

Six Foolproof Second Date Tips

Liz Marie | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Marie

The first date gets a lot of attention, doesn't it? A slew of blog posts and articles devoted to date #1 pop up on the internet nearly everyday. When the first date is over, and you've kissed goodnight and made plans to see each other again over the weekend... now what? Here are six foolproof second date tips!

All the Single Ladies: What It's Like to Be Single

Natalie Wisdom | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Natalie Wisdom

So what is being single like? It is a time when you assume that having a boyfriend would improve life. An assumption that every non-single person you know is probably doing something better than you. A time when you are envious of all the things you assume you would be doing if you had a boyfriend...

The 10 Types of Dates Every Woman Will Go On in Their Lifetime

Liz Marie | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Marie

The "I Don't Want To Waste My Good Hair Day Date" You catch a glimpse of your reflection in the mirror and think "Damn! I look super hot today, I simply cannot waste this pretty on going home and doing laundry." So you set up a date, obviously!

Handing Over the Key to Your Online Life

Charly Lester | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK Tech
Charly Lester

As a singleton in 2014, Facebook is a key social hurdle to navigate in the early stages of a relationship. Do you really want someone you're getting to know to have access to details of the last ten years of your life? Should you see photos of his parents, friends and siblings before you actually meet them?

The Top Four Biggest Myths About Online Dating

Liz Marie | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Marie

I often hear these online dating civilians spouting off their perception of online dating and those that would dare find a date online and it never ceases to amaze me how wrong they are. In an attempt to break the cycle, here are the most common online dating myths and the truth behind them.

Disenchanted With Online Dating and Want to Try Something New?

Elizabeth Sullivan | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elizabeth Sullivan

In the late 20th century the most common way men and women met was through friends or through work. There were many benefits to this; when meeting through friends, you know something about their history and background as well as being more likely to have shared values and interest. In the last 15 years this has started to change with the event of online dating.

What We Don't Tell Our Mothers, Usually, on Mother's Day (But Perhaps We Should)

Paula Coston | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Coston

With Mothers Day coming up, for various reasons I'm especially aware this year of the concealments of daughters like me, probably all over the world.

Five Reasons Why It's Better for Women to Be Single

Jeni Harvery | Posted 01.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jeni Harvery

As a heterosexual woman of thirty eight years old, I have lived without a male partner for five full years now and I can honestly say with no reservations whatsoever, that my quality of life has improved as a result. Some reasons for which I give here, in a list, because everyone likes a list.

Abortion and Women's Other Secrets: What Do We Do With Our Shame?

Paula Coston | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Coston

There are statistics, news stories and articles everywhere about women made ashamed and guilty by secrets: singledom, childlessness, genital mutilation, forced marriage, physical or sexual or emotional abuse, menstrual conditions, the size and shape of their labia...The list goes on.

Valentine's Day: Club 'Meh'

Frankie Mullin | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Frankie Mullin

But beyond the polarity of 'proud to be single' vs 'smug married' is more human uncertainty than any other sphere of life. People are unreliable and relationships a gamble, bodies don't work as required when babies are meticulously planned. Being single may be gloriously liberating one day, bleakly lonely the next. This is life.

Is Your Coupledom Obsession Killing Romance This Valentine's Day?

Helen Croydon | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Croydon

I'm not saying it isn't a wonderful happy ending: falling passionately in love with someone for the rest of your life, someone who'll forever support you and of whom you'll never tire. But it's the journey which appeals to our imagination, not the destination. The fact 39 per cent of marriages end in divorce provides further evidence for that.

Older Single Women: In Cervical Screening and More, We're the Forgotten Celibates

Paula Coston | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Coston

I should celebrate being single as a mature, happy life preference, and yet here I am, nearly 60, still explaining myself; so my subconscious clearly isn't celebrating, is it? And why? Because too many experiences in my life, like that smear test, exacerbate my self-image of social misfit: of being somehow lesser, if not outright forgotten.

Ten Things You Need to Know Before You Screw Up Another Valentine's Day

Suzi Godson | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

Valentines Day is the most contradictory celebration of the year. The annual onslaught of heart-shaped commercial tat is unarguably irritating, exploitative and exclusionary, yet it is a celebration that men ignore at their peril. So, before you get it wrong again guys, here's ten things you need to know...

Most Desirable Singles of 2014: Why the Numbers Don't Add Up

Sophie Labrey | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Labrey

Last week PlentyOfFish released a US survey revealing 'the most desirable singles of 2014' and they left us with a less than desirable outlook of finding love online. In fact, the data depicts an image that leaves us wondering if our only hope of finding love is in an episode of Grey's Autonomy.

Poorna Bell

Does This Perfectly Sum Up Being Single In Your Thirties?

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

As you watch each one of your friends getting married and having babies, there can be a certain catharsis around what it means to be single in your 30...

Poorna Bell

5 Reasons Why You Don't Want That New Year's Eve Kiss Anyway

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 31.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Is there anything more awkward than the New Year's Eve kiss? If you're single, there's a mad scramble to find someone suitable who won't have you ...

Rejection for Beginners and Improvers

Ed O'Meara | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Comedy
Ed O'Meara

I knew that the only reason I was thinking about her is that I'd been canned. If I'd decided to stop seeing her, she could be having a fivesome with The Wiggles and I'd be blithely indifferent.

All I Want in a Man

Sofie Hagen | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK Comedy
Sofie Hagen

I am pretty sure, I am the kind of woman that pick-up artists around the world would refer to as a "10". Have I not an excessive amount of lumps here and there? Men love that. And don't get me started on my extensive knowledge of Fresh Prince of Bel Air-trivia. In all ways, I am a catch. I think I am damn well entitled to make some demands of my own, when choosing a man.