MAGNIFY Magazine | All the single ladies
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All the single ladies

So he hasn’t put a ring on it? Being single can be the most freeing, empowering experience – while also being incredibly scary and painful. Sometimes it seems like everyone else around you is happily hooking up, settling down, and being just generally loved-up. And yes, sometimes they seem kind of smug about it, too.

The thing is, it can be tough to be a single lady. It’s a challenging road to walk. We’re 21st century women, and sometimes it feels like we’re facing a uniquely 21st century problem. We have so many more opportunities, so many more options for our lives than our mothers or grandmothers had; we’re voting, working, and not waiting around for Mr Right to solve all our problems. Or are we?

Everyone seems to have a different take on how to ‘do’ singleness. Some people are very honest about the loneliness they feel while waiting for the right guy. Others love the freedom and independence of their lives and relish their singleness, while others (and I have to say, I’m in this camp) defiantly declare, ‘I don’t need a man!’ and struggle to actually say that really, I would quite like one, even if I don’t need him.

This video, episode 2 of the MAGNIFY On series, takes a closer look at the dilemmas that so many of us are facing and asks some of the tough questions. We wanted to be open, in the hope that it would inspire conversations and questions that are really worth having. And we want to know what you think about it all. We don’t have all the answers; we want to find out what your take on singleness is, no matter what your relationship status, girl or guy.

So watch, share and tell us what you think!


Words by Christine Gilland