Does a person’s relationship status really matter at this day and age? I remember my mom and aunties telling me and my cousins before that during their time and even before that, “being in a relationship” mattered a lot. In fact, back then, if you reached a certain age and you were still unattached, you were deemed in a pitiful situation. Could you imagine the pressure such a label put on women back then?
Sadly, some of that pressure transcended time and many single ladies are subjected to it. You would think because it’s the 21st century already people would be more accepting of a person’s singleness. However, that isn’t the case.
I’ve seen my fair share of Facebook rants coming from single women who were “relationship-shamed” by no less than their relatives. Imagine attending a family reunion and seeing relatives you haven’t seen in a long time only to be bombarded by questions like, “Why are you still single? You’re not getting any younger.” or “Are you picky? Don’t be. Otherwise, you’ll miss the boat.” What’s more, these supposedly well-meaning relatives ask the questions using their most condescending tone of voice.