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Remind Obama About Singles’ Issues November 12, 2008

Posted by Onely in Food for Thought.
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Copious Readership,

Let me draw your attention to Singletude, a positive blog for singles. Singletude has an excellent post about how Barack Obama’s diversity-focused rhetoric doesn’t seem to be as inclusive of singles as it could be.

 I’ll give just one example here–see the Singletude post itself for more great examples:

I’m going to pick on Obama for a minute simply because he is the favored candidate among the majority of singles. If you visit his web site and view the drop-down menu under “People,” you will see 23 special-interest demographics. One of them must be “Singles,” right? Nope. There are “Arab Americans,” “Rural Americans,” even “Sportsmen.” But no “Singles.”

But the good news is that Obama is flexible and open-minded. I am certain that if a number of Onelies write to the White House drawing his attention to this gap in his agenda, he will make an effort to initiate some pro-single policies. Don’t you think?

Isn’t it time to allow single people to designate a recipient for their social security, instead of it being funnelled back into the system at their deaths? Isn’t it time that single men and women were guaranteed an equal wage to their married colleagues? Isn’t it time to amend the Family and Medical Leave Act so that singles can take time off work to care for someone close to them who is not their spouse or child (and vice versa)? 

You can write to Obama here

or via the more touchy-feeling medium of paper mail

And, if you want, you can add him to your Facebook!



1. Bobby - November 12, 2008

I love Else’s blog and concept. She is one of my favorite writers 🙂

I think one of the reasons that on the drop down menu from Obama’s site there’s nothing about singles, is that there really isn’t that large of a united coalition speaking for singles. If there is, please guide me towards it.

Every little bit helps and singletude, like this blog, certainly bring attention for the singles of the world 🙂

2. Nicky - November 13, 2008

The 8,500 members of the Alternatives to Marriage Project try to educate policy makers about singles and unmarried families, and to fight for policy change. We love you to join us!

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