Of the total, 14,768,000 are bachelors, 2,161,000 are widowers, and 1,093,000 are divorced.
Why do these men—more than one fourth of the males in the United States—choose to live alone?
And if a man attends church regularly, this is usually the result of family tradition or personal conviction—not because he knows that many men have met the women who became their wives at church or church socials. Even in the 1960’s, an unmarried man has one special advantage over a single woman.
In this, single men differ dramatically from unmarried women. He has no hesitation about sallying forth from his lonely room to a neighborhood bar for a few sociable drinks, or to seek other entertainment, without worrying about the comments of his family or friends.
A number of readers suggested this sequel—a report on America’s unmarried men.
Today in the United States, there are 18,022,000 men without women.
Unmarried women were depicted as “depressed” or “frantic,” while single men were typed as “fixated on a mother figure,” inclined to “antiresponsibility,” or “latent homosexuals.” Men often failed to find the “perfect” woman; women frequently could not find even an “eligible” man.
Ultimately, the articles portrayed the unwed female’s predicament far more portentously than the male’s: women were “likely to get stranded” if they waited too long to get married, but it was “never too late” for men.
The publication of Women Without Men, by Eleanor Harris, in the July 5 issue of LOOK brought an unusually heavy response from readers.
Many of the letters reflected the baffled loneliness of men and women who said they wished to marry, but found it difficult to meet potential husbands or wives.
In this sequel to an earlier article on unmarried women, Look magazine writer Eleanor Harris, in response to suggestions of readers, addressed the topic of bachelorhood by presenting testimonies of selected men on the reasons they remained unmarried and conclusions of authorities regarding these explanations.