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"Spinster" is traditionally a divisive, pejorative, incendiary word. Maybe because it's the only equivalent we've got to "bachelor" (seriously!), and over a few centuries, it really hasn't aged so well. But why? What if this historically dismissed and depressing moniker was somehow re-imagined as...Spinster Chic?
Hear us out. It's high time we level the playing field and reclaim all that is truly amazing about being a single lady. Today, that stupid stigma around flying solo is fast fading — and as women and men are rethinking what partnerships, love, and life goals really mean to them, we're all understanding the reality of single status much differently. Which all boils down to this: There's never been a better time to be untethered — and we've got 10 solid points of proof. We think Jane Austen would approve.
Illustrated by Peter Karras