This past Sunday, Salon published a compelling Q&A with author Michael Cobb, a professor of English at the University of Toronto whose new book, "Single: Arguments for the Uncoupled," explores how our culture marginalizes the unmarried and the unattached alike. Ultimately, however, this article is just the latest in a cavalcade of recent news stories and think pieces that demand we re-examine our understanding of singledom.
Some facts to chew on: According to the 2012 Census, singles compose upwards of 27% of American households; in major cities like New York, San Francisco, Atlanta and Washington, D.C., these numbers climb to 40%. For the first time in the history of the survey, which was first administered in 1790, or shortly after the Revolutionary War, less than half of all US homes are husband-and-wife households. Clearly something is up, and it's not just the country's declining marriage rate (although this trend has been well documented).
Open Salon wants to hear your singles story. Do you choose to live alone? Have you been made to feel like an outsider? How have you embraced this new quasi-renaissance of the single man and woman?
Be sure to tag your posts "Singles Open Call." We'll highlight the most relevant submissions both on Open Salon and the home site. Please note that by using the tag "Singles Open Call," you're giving us permission to crosspost your piece in part or in its entirety on Salon.