This is another example of a factual, but entirely misleading graphic ripped from the front page of MSNBC tonight.
It’s factual, because more women are unmarried. It may be factual that those women are happy – the article doesn’t address that (with supporting data) at all.
But it’s also true that more men are unmarried now. And I know some of them are happy. I am one of them.
I don’t mean to keep picking on MSNBC.COM, but they are my primary mainstream new source. With my patronage, they get more scrutiny.
But basically I don’t like this graphic for several specific reasons:
- If it said men instead of women, some very vocal women would call it sexist.
- It tries to portray a partial truth – that women are happier without men – and there is nothing in the article that supports that.
- It doesn’t mention anything about how the statistic may be changing just as much for men.
But basically, it’s been a nasty, cold, and expensive day, and I’m feeling a little bitchy – I couldn’t get out in the ice storm and get my Midol.
Single women today have full, happy lives,” she says. “We don’t have to be married. We don’t have to be partnered.