The happy singleton, now that almost sounds like any oxymoron doesn’t it? A few days ago I was listening to one of Ghana’s most popular commercial stations, and heard an advert which more or less said, “This film is the story of 6 successful career women who have everything they could wish for except a relationship”. Arghhh! I am sick and tired of all these films that present single women as unhappy because they are not in relationships. The story line for these films and TV series has become ever so predictable. Present a cast of ‘strong’ women who excel in their jobs, 1 of these women will be a nymphomaniac or a ‘cougar’, another woman is dying to get married but her boyfriend cannot commit to a relationship and yet another woman is just plain unlucky in love. Does this sound familiar?
Now the conspiracy theorist in me says this new trend of ‘girl power’ films (please note its not the empowerment of women) is a deliberate attempt to subliminally (or maybe not so subliminally) say to women, ‘Hey you may have a great career, you can pay your own bills, you may even have bought your own house BUT if you’re not in a relationship then you must be lacking something’. Am I being paranoid? Can you think of a single film or television series that presents a ‘strong’, single woman as happy and complete? A single woman who has a great job, a supportive network of friends and family, a date whenever she wants one, an amazing sex life? No? Neither can I.
So is the happy singleton such a rarity that she doesn’t come to the attention of screenwriters, authors and poets? Can the happy singleton please stand up?
[cue Nana Darkoa standing up 🙂 ]