The tabs took single women to task this weekend: The Post talks about how there are more single women now than ever in New York (especially in 35- to 44-year-old age bracket) and the Daily News suggests that the key for the Democrats in the next presidential election might be single women.
The Census Bureau says that of the 3.4 million women in the city, "1.5 million say they are married with a spouse," and "2.4 million who are on their own because they have never married, or are divorced, separated, widowed or their spouse is not presently with them." (Yeah, the numbers don't add up, but it's the Post.) The Post adds that single women are "undeniable force to be reckoned with in the city today." Yeah, everyone - NEWS FLASH! The article does offer some interesting but ultimately unhelpful statistics, unless you need something to springboard the reason for the heroine in your romantic comedy screenply to suddenly get all neurotic about not being married, a la Sleepless in Seattle (last quote). Goddamnit, Gothamist hopes Nora Ephron didn't read the Post.
According to the Daily News, "single women - a fifth of the electorate - are far less likely to vote." As for our current President, apparently Bush is more popular with married women than single women - probably because the single women recognize in him that idiot, drunken, fratty guy they managed to ditch at the Evelyn Lounge last weekend. And DC pollster Kellyanne Conway of WomenTrend, says the top issues that singles girls care about are "economic security, crime, fairness in the workplace and the general affordability of life." She also notes the "hidden hot-or-not factor." Conways says, "Height and hair are critical. The taller candidate and the one with the most hair has been the victor since, I think, [Richard] Nixon."
If you think she's joking, pop culture believes it: From third season of Sex and the City, when Carrie dates a politician (which excited her, because she could cop Jackie O style fashion), Samantha explains, "The country runs better with a good looking man in the White House. Look what happened with Nixon... no one wanted to fuck him, so he fucked everyone."