August 1, 2023 — On Tu B’Av, a time dedicated to celebrating love and relationships on the Jewish calendar, it is crucial to recognize that not everyone’s romantic journey fits the traditional mold. The recently published research article by Dr. Elyakim Kislev, head of the Honors Program in the School of Public Policy and Governance at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU), and Dr. Kris Marsh from the University of Maryland’s Department of Sociology, titled “Intersectionality in Studying and Theorizing Singlehood” provides a fresh and fascinating perspective on the complexities of singlehood.

Traditionally, singles have been viewed as a homogenous group, often stereotyped and overlooked in discussions surrounding love and relationships. However, this article challenges that view and urges us to consider the many social categories that help to define an individual. In doing so, we can delve deeper into the diverse experiences of singles, acknowledging their unique identities and needs.

Singlehood is not merely a demographic characteristic; it can also be a chosen status and identity. Tu B’Av can often emphasize the importance of romantic relationships, potentially leaving singles feeling marginalized or misunderstood. Recognizing singlehood as a valid choice for those who consciously embrace it reaffirms their agency in navigating their lives and relationships.

The research emphasizes the need to understand the multiple dimensions of singlehood, considering divisions such as race, gender, class, and sexuality. This intersectionality acknowledges that singles experience love and relationships through a diverse range of lenses, shaped by their unique identities. By examining these overlapping identities, we can gain a more nuanced understanding of the challenges and joys faced by singles.

Moving beyond theoretical discussions, the researchers encourage us to develop deliberate communities and social policies that support single people, contending that inclusivity and understanding are essential for social justice endeavors because singles may face compounded discrimination due to their multi-layered identities.

The research conducted by Doctors Kislev and Marsh sheds light on an often-neglected aspect of love and identity. As we celebrate Tu B’Av, it reminds us that embracing the complexities and diversities of singlehood will help to enrich the broader conversation surrounding love, identity, and the multifaceted nature of human relationships.

Click the link,  “Intersectionality in Studying and Theorizing Singlehood” to view the article.