Single Women Can Be Happy

>> Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Lori Gottlieb's argument about why women should panic if they're not married at some particular age makes claims that are not consistent with the data. It's also a prominent example of the Maureen Dowd fallacy, i.e. blaming feminism for idiosyncratic relationship problems that have nothing to do with feminism. And I think Ruth Franklin and Liesl Schillinger make an even more important point: Gottlieb doesn't seem to consider the obvious possibility that being in a crappy relationship is substantially worse than being single. And as Franklin says, especially for women failure to consider this is not merely suboptimal but potentially dangerous.

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