Susan, I know you really think you’re helping out young women by encouraging them to nab an eligible bachelor while they’re still in college. Interestingly though the divorce rate is much higher for women who marry for the first time under the age 25. If women actually take your advice they might pick what you think is a brilliant mate, but if they marry him before age 25, they’ll battle the same genius in divorce court later.
Here are your eight reasons why women in New York City can’t get a husband. I know this article was published back in March, but a friend just sent me the link and I felt compelled to respond. I left my husband nearly five years ago, and haven’t had a serious long-term relationship since. You claim to know WHY women like myself are still single, so I’m going to answer each one of your reasons with my own personal experience.
1. We drink too much – I actually don’t drink alcohol often, and do absolutely no drugs. I’m a vegetarian and you would probably encourage me to seem less complicated and start eating meat. Well that’s not going to happen.
2. We spend too much time on iphones and other electronic devices – My ipod has been broken for the past several months. I miss it. The earbuds drowned out the constant cat calls. I live in a less gentrified area of Brooklyn, and it never stops. Am I supposed to stop and engage an intoxicated gentlemen the next time he makes a comment about my ass? Maybe that’s why I’m not meeting Mr. Right!
3. We wear too much black – Of course that’s it. Black makes us look like witches and men hate witches. I know Angelina Jolie gets no attention and she wears black all the time. She even plays a witch in Maleficent and everyone knows, men can’t stand the sight of Angelina Jolie.
4. We are dating too many guys at work – I’m self-employed and have no co-workers so I’m not sure how I’m doing that. I guess I’m dating myself too often.
5. We spend too much time with our gay friends – This is New York City, are you out of your mind? I don’t just have gay friends. I’ve got transgender, gay, bisexual, pansexual, polyamorous and several who identify as gender-flexible. I’m not giving up my non-heterosexual friends.
6. We are ignoring our biological clocks – I know I’m 41 and am well aware of it. Am I supposed to get pregnant by any random man? That would seem a bit reckless. How about I just accept it’s not going to happen and focus on something else. Adopted kids need homes too. I don’t have to grow one in my womb.
7. We hook up too much – OH HOW I WISH THIS WAS TRUE! Honestly I’m fairly picky, I’ve got trust issues, and I just don’t feel safe hooking up with most of the guys who offer it. It’s not their looks so much as its how they treat me. If a guy is rude, I have very little interest in sleeping with him. I also don’t like bad sex, and hookups are like rolling the dice. I don’t know the last time you hooked up with anyone but it can be absolutely dreadful.
8. We overly rely on NYC conveniences – Actually I don’t. Take out is pricy. You also implied this lifestyle is making us fat, but New York City women are some of the fittest in the country. And Susan you are a full-figured gal, I would just celebrate it and stop blaming General Tso’s chicken.
So that’s your eight reasons, and I answered every one of them. Now I have a few questions for you. Susan you’re divorced. How did that go? My divorce pushed me to the brink of madness and into a literal death spiral. I had massive depression, anxiety attacks and suicidal tendencies. I eventually went on antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication. I’m fine now, and drug free but, It was a regular horror show. I’m sure your divorce wasn’t easy. Since marriage is about a 50/50 chance nowadays why would you promote anyone to enter into a legally binding relationship that could end in a catastrophic divorce?
Here are my five reasons, why I doubt I’ll ever say “I do” again.
1. I never want to combine my money with another person – This is the MAIN reason I never want to get married again. I used to work with my husband, and when my marriage fell apart my income evaporated. Now I make my own money and decide how I spend it. It’s amazingly liberating and I never want to go back to even a joint checking account.
2. I don’t want to move – I like living in Brooklyn. If I choose to move, it should be my choice.
3. I’ve accepted I’m never having my own children. – If I do decide to have a child, I’ll probably adopt. The adoption process is long and expensive but having a baby at my age is not without problems. I’ve also accepted that I might never be a parent. A lot of women never want to have kids. I did, but my life didn’t work out as planned. I don’t feel like a failure because I won’t be a parent.
4. I feel complete and fulfilled as a single person – I know this might shock you. I don’t know how you manage as a single person yourself. The daily torment must be getting to you. You must be so miserable that you write books encouraging young women to desperately get what you don’t have. I would love to date someone special but the longer I’ve been single the more I’ve grown to love it.
5. I never want to get divorced again – If someone wants to get married four or five times good for them. The prospect of going through another divorce though is so terrifying to me, I think I’ll avoid doing it again.
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