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Why Being A 'Spinster' Has Never Been More Fabulous | Emma Gray | Posted 04.21.2015 | Women

Kate Bolick is a self-proclaimed "spinster." She's over the age of 40, unmarried and -- gasp! -- happy. In 2011, when she was 39, Bolick w...

5 Cat Lady Myths That Just Aren't True

Adina Evans | Posted 12.07.2014 | Women
Adina Evans

Let's face it: whether we have dogs, ferrets, birds or cats, we're all pretty crazy about our pets. So, why are women with cats commonly called "crazy cat ladies," as though they've just been branded with the scarlet letter?

Tried Being a Bride

Suzanne Heintz | Posted 10.06.2014 | Weddings
Suzanne Heintz

Who would do such a thing? Spend months planning a picture-perfect wedding, only to leave her groom, cold, on the steps of the altar, after a speech announcing to the congregation why she did it? That person was me.

Until A Decade Ago, You'd Be Considered A 'Spinster' If...

The Huffington Post | Taryn Hillin | Posted 05.01.2014 | Weddings

When you think of the term "spinster," the image of a bitter, old maid comes to mind. But alas, history is here to remind us that single women of any ...

Marriage. Kids. They're Not for Everybody. Really.

Eleanore S. Wells | Posted 11.04.2012 | Women
Eleanore S. Wells

Here's the real truth: Marriage and kids are not for everybody and we should all stop acting like they are.

(Why) Is 'Spinster' A Four-Letter Word?

Eleanore S. Wells | Posted 07.16.2012 | Women
Eleanore S. Wells

Nix old maid... nix bachelorette... I'm going with spinster. It's archaic and has a certain ring to it. I think of Jane Austen and well-dressed, polite, independent women. Spinster is so out, it's in.

Why I Envy My Divorced Sisters

Eleanore S. Wells | Posted 07.02.2012 | Divorce
Eleanore S. Wells

In our very modern society, a wife is held in high esteem, a divorcee gets credit for trying and people just feel sorry for the always-single woman who's never gotten a man to say "I do."

'Spinster'? What About 'Peddler'? A Gender Inequality in Terms of Commitment

Adam Foldes | Posted 02.06.2012 | Gay Voices
Adam Foldes

I have recently heard "spinster" being exchanged both in levity and in earnest all too casually among acquaintances and friends of mine, predominantly those from the gay community. It is grating.


Ben Finley | Posted 12.11.2011 | Gay Voices
Ben Finley

On the day that lesbian and gay New Yorkers could finally legally wed their life partners, a thought occurred to me that I hadn't considered before. At the over ripe age of 35, I was now a spinster.

Is "Career Woman" the New "Spinster?"

Melanie Notkin | Posted 09.26.2011 | Women
Melanie Notkin

"I know a lot of women like you," said my date, admitting he was trying to figure out why a 'great girl' like me was still single.

The Chain of Memory

Jane Minogue | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jane Minogue

"Memories are hunting horns whose sound dies on the wind." -- Guillaume Apollinaire Perhaps one way to liberate the image of chronological age from ...

Barbie: Always A Bridesmaid, Never A Bride

Wendy Braitman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Wendy Braitman

Barbie will turn 50 on March 9. She has never married. Think about that for a minute. The ideal, American pin-up girl is a spinster.