The single woman sure gets lots of play in pop culture. We see her in movies, in TV shows, in so-called "chick lit." This is all well and good, I suppose, but for one glaring problem—they always seem to get her wrong!
They say to truly understand someone you need to walk a mile in her shoes. Well, put on my pumps and follow me for a mile (or two), as I dispel some single women myths.
Myth #1: Single women have a hard time meeting guys. People are constantly giving me advice on how and where to meet guys. But the irony is I have no trouble meeting guys. The problem is meeting quality guys! So thanks, but I don't need friends to tell me to go on match.com or to troll the grocery store looking for unattached guys in the produce department ("Ask him if he thinks the avocados are ripe!") unless they think I'm going to find one of my dream guys at those places. Exactly.
Myth #2: Single women over 30 are desperate to get married. Puh-lease! That may be true for SOME women, but not all. And 30 is not some magical age that you hit and start picking out a china pattern and counting how many eggs you have left. I personally believe marriage and children will come my way when the timing is right. Sometimes you just gotta believe!
Myth #3: Single women are after your man. This one drives me crazy. And as a woman with a lot of male friends, I go through this all the time. Ladies, I know it's a natural thing to be protective of your man, but here is the hardcore truth: A man who cheats on his woman is hardly attractive. Ever heard of the expression "Cheat with you, cheat on you?" Sorry Stevie Wonder, but I'm nobody's part-time lover.
Myth #4: Single women are too picky. All I can say about this one is . . . so? Somewhere along the way, my married friends decided I needed to have only one thing in common with a potential suitor: that we're both single. Um, hello? When I hear the words "I have a friend I want you to meet" I can now safely assume he will be unemployed, a foot shorter than me, and perhaps even have an imaginary friend. I say again, quality is what I am after, people! Quality! So if it's not someone you would want to hook up with yourself, don't hook me up with him. I prefer picky over icky.
Myth #5: Single women want their friends to be single, too. Not true! If a single woman wants to be married herself one day, she needs someone to reaffirm her faith in quality relationships and the married girlfriend is just that. (Plus her wedding may be a great opportunity to meet hot guys.) It's only the girlfriends who are in bad relationships—the ones who fight nonstop with their boyfriends—that perpetuate why I am happier being single. (If I wanted to fight every day with a man I love, I would move back in with my brother.)
So there you have it. My top five myths about single women. Maybe it will serve as a reminder that, while, 27 Dresses and Bridget Jones's Diary are great entertainment, they're not documentaries!