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They include not only those who have never been married but also increasing numbers of those who have been widowed or divorced, sometimes more than once.
Some of these women basically believe in marriage but do not want to get married yet.
The comment was made by a woman who goes by "Nancy," from Massachusetts.
She wrote that being sexually assaulted when she was young has made it impossible for her to feel comfortable in relationships with men.
Women of today who expect to remain single for the rest of their lives consist of basically two groups: those who have rejected marriage per se and those who simply predict that marriage, desirable or not, is unlikely.
Lesbians do not, at least not the male kind: Grandma probably did not include them in her lexicon at all.
They are the vanguard of the third wave of the feminist movement, and their ranks are drawn from both unmarried women and married ones.
Unmarried women make up a large part of our population.
Nancy's comment is in response to swimmer Diana Nyad's essay about a sexual assault she experienced as a child — yet another tale in a growing list of survivors who are speaking out about sexual assault and harassment they've experienced throughout their careers. She writes about winning her swim meet the next day, but not being able to celebrate, about practicing her sport less frequently to avoid ever again being alone with her coach, about distancing herself from her peers throughout high school, and about dreaming of "hacking [her] breasts off with a razor blade."Nancy and Nyad aren't alone.
Nyad's op-ed was published on the "Out of nowhere, he was on top of me. Sexual violence often impacts the mental health of survivors, according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network.
—Jayson Van Verten Love is important to most women.