"Singlism", Marriage, "Partnership", or...? A Socratic Conversation
- Second Floor Salon, Gottesman Libraries
- 11/3/2011, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
"Singlism" is the label recently given to the pattern of prejudice and inequities against those who live solo, in books like, Singlism: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How to Stop It; Even God Is Single (So Stop Giving Me a Head Time); and the just-published Is Marriage for White People? , exploring the reality and the consequences of the African American marriage decline.
Discrimination against the unmarried, it has been shown, lurks in the workplace, the marketplace, the media, in advertising, religion, and pseudoscience, in our universities and professional societies, in laws and policies, and in our everyday lives.
And what about Matrimania --the over-the-top hyping of marriage and coupling in American culture -- which put singles at additional disadvantage, risk,and sometimes misery.
Please join us to share your experiences, thoughts, and reflections.
Here's a short article highly relevant to this session: "In a Married World, Singles Struggle for Attention", by Tara Parker-Pope, New York Times, Sept. 20, 2011.
These highly-participatory conversations with fellow students are moderated by Ronald Gross, author of Socrates' Way and Co-chair of the University Seminar on Innovation in Education. They are part of a year long series of Socratic Conversations hosted by the Gottesman Libraries (see TC Today, Winter 2010, p. 65).
- Jennifer Govan