I think there’s such a thing as single discrimination. That’s right. I’m referring to discrimination against those of us who are single. I experience it when I go to the grocery store and can only find a family size package of Oreo cookies. (Even if I could eat them all, I sure don’t want to.) It’s evident in women’s magazines filled with articles about keeping your spouse happy.
I feel I was even discriminated against at church. After sitting through a weeks-long series of sermons on marriage, the pastor offered up one sermon to the singles in the congregation and suggested we join the Singles Ministry if we wanted more.
I don’t think it’s always deliberate, but that doesn’t change the end result. You end up feeling like you’re on the sidelines, somewhat of an afterthought for the rest of society.
Is it any wonder that some single people seem to be so focused on getting married? Then, and only then, can you really be a full part of society with all its two-for-one promotions and his-and-her bathroom sinks.
I respect the institution of marriage. I’m sure it’s more difficult than I can possibly imagine, and I have lots of admiration for those who make it work. However, I wonder whether society has that same reverence for single people who have to handle a lot of the same things couples do, only alone.
It’s true. Most of the time single life isn’t anything too extraordinary. I’m not suggesting trophies be handed out to independent women who are out their taking care of business. However, an acknowledgement that we do have our own unique struggles and problems would be appreciated … and a snack pack of Oreos in the cookie aisle wouldn’t hurt.