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Pop Culture, Scourge of the Onelys (Twice in a Week!): “I Vow” Commercials April 1, 2009

Posted by Onely in "Against Love"...?, As If!, Dating, Heteronormativity, Pop Culture: Scourge of the Onelys, Singled Out.
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OK. So I understand that Chemistry.com’s whole business revolves around assuming and promoting couple-dom as the most desirable relationship status. In order to do this, it’s no surprise that the company (and others like it) tends to promote stereotypes about and simultaneously degrade single people (see, for example, this offensive commercial).

But — as if that’s not enough — the newest series of Chemistry.com commercials, dubbed on YouTube as “Chemistry.com Vows,” presents two people mimicking wedding-ceremony protocol and normalizes the matrimaniacal tendencies of American culture. (more…)

A Love Letter, from One Oneler to Another October 9, 2008

Posted by Onely in Everyday Happenings, Great Onely Activities.
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Dearest co-blogger Christina,

I just want to take a moment to THANK YOU for writing so many fantastic and funny posts for our awesome Onely blog. The ones you wrote this week were sharp and hilarious, as always. We’d been discussing the one about chemistry.com since you checked our inbox and read that bizarro email and immediately called me to sound the alarm. Your post made me laugh so hard (J is not for Jerk!!! HA) — you have such a skill with wit and acuity – I’ve told you before, and I’ll tell you again, I’m completely jealous (but in a good way)!

And I’m glad you decided to call out all those NUT-SUCKERS who keep googling nut-sucking and find your nut-sucking post instead of whatever it is they imagine they’ll find.

We’ve been writing together for about four months now, and I want you to know — I’m having so much fun! I am completely thrilled that you were up for making this crazy idea work. Most of all, of course, I am grateful for this partnership, which I feel has made our friendship even more interesting and satisfying than it already was.

🙂 Awwwwwww,

from your fave co-blogger,


Readers: Post love letters to your favorite single friends here!! (and no, I’m not implying that you should write to us, though you may, of course! ;))

Chemistry.com solicits Onely! October 6, 2008

Posted by Onely in As If!, Dating, Everyday Happenings.
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On our post about dating sites capitalizing on National Singles Week, we tagged chemistry.com. Probably in response to our tag, a chemistry.com solicitor whom I shall call “J” (short for his name, not for “Jerk”) offered to hook me and Lisa up with eligible men for seven free days! Wooeeee! 

“Dear Onely,” he says, “I noticed that your blog discusses the challenges that single women go through in today’s hectic world of dating.” Oh, J, you’re so sensitive! Are you available? (more…)

NATIONAL SINGLES WEEK: Quick, grab a partner! September 23, 2008

Posted by Onely in As If!.
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WHOA here’s one for our “look what Google barfed up” file: The dating site Chemistry.com, in honor of National Singles Week, is offering free memberships so that national singles can find themselves some national nookie (as part of an established committed couple, of course). (more…)

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