Subverting the Stereotypes

by Sarah on July 16, 2014

There are a lot of negative stereotypes out there when it comes to singles, and the more confident and vocal I become about relationship issues, the more I find myself able to engage with them out in the wild.

Which I have to admit is a hell of a lot of fun.

Today, at work, I was chatting with one of my co-workers in the kitchen, and we were discussing traffic and commuting and other scintillating things like that when he said, “Yeah, that’s the problem once you have a family up here. You don’t want to be spending hours in the car when you could be spending time with the kids.”

And I very kindly and casually replied, “I don’t ever plan to have a family, but there are still a lot of things I would rather be doing than spending time commuting.”

And then he backpedaled and we laughed and it was fine. And now I get to feel good for speaking up, and I get to share this with all of you, and maybe I even get to raise some awareness of how ingrained this idea is that single people’s time is somehow less inherently valuable than that of people with a family.

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