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Satisfied Singles Need a Rallying Cry October 8, 2010

Posted by Onely in Your Responses Requested!.
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Leading singles advocate Bella DePaulo recently posted an intriguing thought at the Alternatives to Marriage Project: Why don’t singles’ advocates have a rallying cry, and if we did, what would it be?

Successful social movements have rallying cries that become known throughout the land. For example:

Black is beautiful
Sisterhood is powerful
We’re queer, we’re here, get used to it
We shall overcome

So where is the expression of group identification and pride trumpeted by singles activists?. . .Does the mere thought of hoisting a “singlehood is powerful” sign make you feel embarrassed and self-conscious? That right there is a big hint as to why we do not have a singles movement in the United States.

The take-away lesson here would seem to be: if singles can find a catchy slogan, then we’ll have a movement, and then we’ll have (eventually) rights and respect on a par with couples/marrieds. Yay! Unfortuately, we here at Onely–who are proud to have brought you such word gems as “heteronormahole“–now have Slogan Block.  So Copious Readers, it’s time for you to step up!

Here’s a few to get you started:

Single doesn’t suck

Onely not lonely

One equals two

(Um, you can see why we asked for help!)


Photo credit: The Searcher


1. Garbo - October 8, 2010

One is enough
Single and satisfied
Alone is not lonely
Alone does not equal lonely
One person makes a whole life
I complete me

Onely - October 8, 2010

Of course! Single and satisfied. I think that’s the catchiest one we have so far. It’s hard because even this slogan is not all-inlusive; what about singles who are not satisfied and are actively searching for someone? That’s their right. Even non-satisfied singles still deserve to be protected from singlism (as long as they are not perpetuating it themselves).

Matt - October 8, 2010

I like “One is enough,” as well as the slightly more humorous “I complete me” … could be kinda catchy, actually.

2. Garbo - October 8, 2010

Living a singular life ( my favorite so far)

Uncoupled and unfazed
Solidly single or single for now
Happily single for now or forever
Single isn’t a stigma
Single and in excellent company
Couples are just two singles paying lower taxes

Onely - October 9, 2010

Thanks for the great feedback! I especially like “uncoupled and unfazed”, although here again we have the problem of excluding those people who are coupled but unmarried, and therefore face a number of the same discriminations that fully-single people face. Maybe “Single not stigma”? Though that is still pretty tonguetwisterish.

Rachel - October 10, 2010

I like “Couples are just two singles paying lower taxes” – maybe not as a slogan (probably too long) but it makes a very good point!

3. diana - October 9, 2010

Single, not invisible

Single and counted

Single and proud

Single and I matter

Don’t know if these are catchy, but sometimes I feel like a second-class citizen as a single…and it’s true, being single doesn’t necessarily mean happy or satisfied, or whatever. It just is what it is and there’s not a thing wrong with it.

Onely - October 9, 2010

oo. I like particularly “Single, not Invisible.” That seems pretty inclusive.

And diction-wise, the words kind of match each other.

4. Rachel - October 10, 2010

How about:
Single and happy! or
Singly happy!

That’s how I feel right now after a candle light dinner date with myself.

5. eleanore - October 20, 2010

I’m Spinsterlicious! (www.TheSpinsterliciousLife.blogspot.com). Probably less of a rallying cry and more of a mindset and lifestyle…but it’s close.

6. Michelle - October 30, 2010

One is a whole number.

Onely - November 3, 2010

I like that one!

Michelle - November 7, 2010

Thanks! And can’t you just hear it being chanted while shaking signs up & down? ONE-IS-A-WHOLE-NUM-BER! ONE-IS-A-WHOLE-NUM-BER! Hahaha!

Onely - November 7, 2010

HAHA! Yes I CAN hear it!!

7. Matt - November 7, 2010

Could always go with the slightly nerdier “One is an integer!” Might not be quite as catchy =)

Onely - November 7, 2010

This made me laugh so hard!! Love it!

8. andrea - November 10, 2010

here’s a poetic one:
smiling solus

or a few alternatives:
smiling singles
smiling solos

my favorite on the comments so far is “alone is not lonely”. i think this is very chantable and inclusive.

Onely - November 12, 2010

I like the “smiling” angle! That’s new!

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