The unequal dimensions of singlehood: singlehood as a gendered experience
Date of Issue2017
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
This paper aims to uncover how gender ideology influences the lived experiences and perceptions of singlehood among men and women in the modern Asian city-state of Singapore. Besides exploring the general attitudes and aspirations towards marriage among singles, this paper aims to expand on the theory of singlehood as a state of temporality among women. It argues that single men are also caught in this liminal position with discomforts. However, singlehood becomes a permanent state for older women, much quicker than it does for men, depicting how unequal marriage cut-off dates continue to persist. Finally, this paper presents how economic and educational factors add further dimensions to the gendered experience of singlehood.
Final Year Project (FYP)
Nanyang Technological University