Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Tall Women, Fewer choices

Posted by Michele Olson

Michael Winerip writing in a recent New York Times article does a very good job of giving us a look into the life of Rev. Christine Shilber, a woman in her 50s who got divorced after 30 years of marriage to her husband. It doesn’t sound like there was any abuse in the marriage from the article.

Her story paints a very good picture of what her life is like now, including the ups and the downs. There are things she likes, but things that have been a challenge-like her odds of meeting up with someone at her age.... and height!

The article cites a 2001 census date statistic that 41 percent of women 50 and over who’ve been divorced have remarried while 58.4 percent of divorced men that age are remarried. Among the divorced, the least marriageable in our society are older women, highly educated who make a good salary. And if she is tall, the pickings are even smaller!

(Any tall, over 50 women, highly educated who make a good salary want to comment on this data?)

She also goes into some of the foibles of online dating, the good and the bad.

Simply some food for thought from someone who is walking the path. What has been your experience? Can you relate?

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