12 Ways Single Ladies Have It Made In 2015

At times, being single really, really sucks, but rolling solo isn’t always bad and there are plenty of upsides, so we should always good to look at the silver lining. Being single now is the best time ever in history for a lot of reasons. So when you’re down in the dumps about not having a date, remember these few things.

  1. There are so many options to finding people. If you’re looking for a date or just trying to make new friends, there are so many ways to do it, and many of them can be done right on your phone from the comfort of your own home. This definitely beats going out and hopefully finding someone you have something in common with and then gathering courage to approach them.
  2. Television shows are starting to represent us. We’re no longer pigeonholed into watching women play wives or love interests. Now we have shows that just depict single ladies having fun together, like Broad City and Grace & Frankie, just to name a few. Basically, we don’t have to feel bad about ourselves just because we’re not in a relationship, if that wasn’t already obvious.
  3. We have killer “independent women” anthems. Music is no longer defined by love songs. Now we have amazing women singing about being empowered and making it on their own. Whenever we’re down in the dumps, we can blast some “Single Ladies” to lift our spirits, then keep it moving.
  4. Birth control is so much more advanced. A few decades ago, there were few options in this department, but now we have the IUD, the pill, condoms, the implant, and so much more. All we need to do is talk to our physician and do our own research to figure out what’s best for us. Pretty great, right?
  5. We’re finally getting the world to talk about slut-shaming. This unacceptable behavior has been a thing since the beginning of time, but now we finally have a term for it and we’re talking about it (and hopefully getting rid of it altogether really, really soon). Many single ladies now don’t feel riddled with guilt over what we wear or do just because some jerk thinks we should act a certain way because we have a vagina, and that means a lot.
  6. There’s not as much pressure to get married. Millennials aren’t getting married in the same numbers that past generations did, for many reasons. Thanks to this, being a single woman has less stigma. Sure, many people say stupid things to single women, still, but for the most part, we’re seen as normal, functioning human beings these days.
  7. Netflix exists. If you really think about it, Netflix can be so much better than any date night. Instead of being stressed out about making an impression on a potential new boyfriend, we’re at home burning through our favorite series without a care in the world.
  8. We have more opportunities to kill it in our careers. We still have a long way to go to achieve things like equal pay, having more women in manager roles, and proper maternity leave. But let’s count our blessings and realize that women are killing it in their professional lives more and more. Don’t have a man? That’s okay – you can fend for yourself.
  9. There are awesome new ways to be sexually satisfied solo. Sexy toys are just get smarter with newer technology. If we want to have fun by ourselves, we have many options that can get the job done! (And we can even have it mailed to our door if we don’t want to be seen shopping for it.)
  10. We’re snatching up all the degrees. In previous decades, women were not actually expected to do anything in college besides find a husband (if they even went at all). Now, in order get our careers started, we usually go to school first, and that’s what many ladies are doing in droves. Studies have shown that women are earning more degrees overall, so basically we’ll be running the world for generations to come.
  11. Being a single mom isn’t as stigmatized. Unless you were a widow, being a single mom was frowned upon in previous generations, to say the least. Now, family comes in many different forms, and being a single parent is just one of them. Instead of dissing us, many praise us for doing a job that would usually be split into two.
  12. We’re no longer expected to accept terrible behavior for the sake of being in a relationship. It used to be very hard for women to divorce or turn away from a relationship because society made it almost impossible. People still try to act like being single is so terrible, but what’s really terrible is staying in a relationship we desperately want out of. Now we have a choice, so instead of doing that just to save face, we’re are able to do our thing until a person who treats us right comes along.
Nicole Weaver is a staff writer for YourTango and regularly contributes to Hollywood, The Bolde, and Proud2BMe. She is a lover of all things entertainment meaning she spends most of her nights in New York binge watching television shows. Follow her on Twitter at @nikkibernice.