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No, not just anything but to speak to the heart of every single woman in need of love and acceptance. As a single Christian womanI have had my fair share of pressure and unfair expectations some of these include:.

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Why more americans are living single

In this pandemic year, many Americans are focused on how to have a socially distanced romantic dinner or prepare the perfect date night at home. One is that everyone is seeking a romantic relationship. The second is more value-laden: Living in a long-term romantic, sexual partnership is better than living without one.

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This fuels beliefs that those living solo are less happy, or lonelier, than couples. These assumptions are so prevalent that they guide many social interactions.

The truth is that more Americans are living unmarried and without a romantic partner. Inthe census for the first time recorded a majority of women living outside of marriage. Bymarried couples became a minority in the United States. While many unmarried people may have romantic partners, a Pew survey showed more young adults were choosing to live single.

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Personal finances likely play a role in such choices. Millennials are worse off than earlier generations.

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But changing family patterns are not simply the result of financial instability. They reflect choices: Not everyone wants romantic partnership and many single people see solo life as more conducive to flourishing and autonomy.

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Some women become single mothers by choice. As sociologist Arlie Hochschild has argued, marriage brings extra work for womenmaking it less attractive than single life for some. For other people, being single is simply a relationship preference or even an orientation.

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Because asexuality is still little-known, some asexual people might not identify as such. Asexual people do not feel sexual attraction.

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Asexuality is not simply the behavior of abstaining from sex, but an orientation. Just as heterosexual people feel sexual attraction to members of a different sex, and gay and lesbian people feel attraction to members of the same sex, asexual people simply do not feel sexual attraction.

Asexual people can have romantic feelings, wanting a life partner to share intimate moments with and even cuddle — but without sexual feelings. But some asexual people are also aromantic, that is, not interested in romantic relationships. Like asexuality, aromanticism is an orientation.

Aromantics may have sexual feelings or be asexual, but they do not have romantic feelings. Both asexual people and aromantics face a lack of understanding.

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Angela Chena journalist who wrote a book about asexuality, reports that her asexual interview subjects suffered from a lack of information about asexuality. Is something wrong with me?

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But while asexuality is sometimes misunderstood as a medical disorder, there are many differences between an asexual orientation and a medical disorder causing a low sex drive. Since the early s, asexual people have exchanged ideas and organized through online groups. One such group, The Asexual Visibility and Education Networkfor example, promotes the understanding that lack of sexual attraction is normal for asexual people, and lack of romantic feelings is normal for aromantics.

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Asexual people, like aromantics, challenge the expectation that everyone wants a romantic, sexual partnership. Nor do they believe that they would be better off with one.

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Many singles have close friendships which are just as valuable as romantic partnerships. But assumptions that friendships are less ificant than romantic partnerships hide their value.

Understanding the reasons people have for remaining single might help to handle family pressures. This is an updated version of a piece first published on Dec. Edition: Available editions United Kingdom. Elizabeth BrakeRice University.