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I was in a relationship previously where we morphed into each other, and I won’t ever do that again.
I will never lose myself in another person.” Meredith Gregge “It isn’t a conscious decision – it just seems to work out that way.
The new century brought not a white knight on horseback for the spinster, but a redesign on the back of the Celtic Tiger. Where her foresister appeared repressed, Spinster 2.0 was a role model, an exotic libertine in glorious Technicolor.
The no-man’s land of singledom wasn’t a fate to be wary or fearful of; it was a lifestyle choice and an aspirational one at that.
Life isn’t so much about bed-hopping as it is about binge-watching box-sets.
According to market research firm Euromonitor International, the number of people living alone globally is rising fast, from about 153 million in 1996 to 277 million in 2011, an increase of about 80 per cent in 15 years.
Yet the definitions of singledom are becoming more fluid and freeing.
Anne Byrne, a sociologist at NUI Galway, is hopeful of a sea change.
“More people are choosing to be single in Ireland,” she says.
“Being happy with oneself and making self-determined choices not only enable ‘solo women’ to pursue the creative, practical and relational passions that animate a life, but may also inspire others to question the dominant version of heterosexual marriage, pro-family ideology and the too-narrow perceptions of womanhood in a rapidly changing society.” “Whom to marry and when will it happen – these two questions define every woman’s existence,” writes Kate Bolick in her book .