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And in the meantime, the myriad pleasures and possibilities of solo life are there for the taking.ALL THE SINGLE LADIES: ‘DATING IS AN ENIGMA TO ME’ Joanne Mc Nally “I think I’m single because originally I was too busy having a good time and didn’t prioritise [being in a relationship].Yet for all our bravado, it’s still grindingly difficult to be a single woman in this country.Forget the fact that there’s no one offering the balm of solidarity after a trying day on the factory floor of life.Some people gravitate towards being in a pair, and that takes work and effort that I had little interest in putting in. On some level it’s my decision, but no one believes that.I think years ago if you weren’t married it was understood there was something wrong with you. My mum says things like, ‘Men need to feel like they can fit into your life, so don’t do any DIY or anything in front of them’.Thus began a global sweep of bawdy banter over brunch; cocktail hour with a liberal sprinkling of sex chat. For the new spinster, unencumbered life is every bit as fabulous, frivolous and filled with possibility.The singletons of the Noughties, freshly anointed with cultural capital, gleefully regaled their peers with tales of misadventure and sexual japes. But we’re playing our cards a little closer to our chests.
For 20, the personal tax credits for a single person were €1,650; for a married person or civil partner, they were €3,300 (for a widowed person without children, they were €2,190).The word “spinster” used to conjure up a vivid and not entirely flattering picture.In rural Ireland in the 20th century, spinsters were something of a social curiosity.We’re a little more austere about divulging the salty details.Life does not necessarily revolve around needing a man, or even wanting a man.