An older unmarried woman, widow or divorcee is considered a single woman. A single woman who is bold, confident and living her life according to her rules offends the eyes of our male-dominated society and she is the “centre of attraction” for conservatives who think that a woman is not capable enough to survive without a man.
They have a keen interest in her day to day activities like what she wears, what her source of income is, whom she meets, etc. Her entry and exit from the house are duly noted and she is expected to live her life as a nice Indian woman, who should know her limits.
Sometimes, unnecessary interferences in her personal life make her unhappy and uncomfortable. On the contrary, most men who are single and stay alone don’t have to face these problems. What are the causes of differences of opinion between single men and women?
Surprisingly, most single women are bound to lead a dual life to avoid being policed by their family and near ones. A lot of people imagine that single women lead a lonely, sad life, but is that true? Also, is marriage guaranteed cure for loneliness? If a woman is single, does it mean she is lonely? Must she have someone to add value to her life? Is she starving for intimacy that only a partner can give? Isn’t it better to be happy on your own than be unhappy with some undesirable man?
It is embarrassing that an independent working single woman who should be appreciated for her bold and dynamic personality is humiliated and insulted most of the time by mostly male colleagues as well as some females too. The traditions and superstitions in our society play an important role in making life difficult for a single woman. It depends on her guts on how she handles the odd circumstances and prove her worth in this patriarchal society.
In my opinion, no single woman is answerable to anyone for her lifestyle, and without caring for the disturbing elements, she should focus on her creative talents which can make her extraordinary and reverse the situation as per her norms. She can live her best single life.