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SPINSTER. An addition given, in legal writings, to a woman who never was married. Lovel. on Wills, 269.

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In Saudi Arabia, polygamy appears to be a solution for women increasingly worried about spinsterhood which is seen as associated with a "shortage" of men.
From the outset, Austen consciously evokes the conventions of spinsterhood in describing Anne and, in doing so, challenges the stigma against old maids.
From Katherine Anne Porter's Cousin Eva, whose weak chin doomed her to a life of spinsterhood and suffragism, to the scrawny and square Esch in Jesmyn Ward's Salvage the Bones, twentieth- and twenty-first-century southern women writers have created what I see as a genealogy of physically ugly female characters in southern literature: differing from the norm just enough to catch and hold the attention of the viewer while simultaneously repulsing her.
Her book 45 and Pregnant is a comical and personal memoir that takes readers on a venture from terror to triumph, beginning with a single woman pondering spinsterhood and ending victoriously with a healthy child.
The critical spinsterhood problem in the UAE can only be solved if men marry more women".
As Leila's grandmother is lamenting Leila's spinsterhood, for example, she says, "We used to get married young, not like these days .
We need solutions that are based on the consolidation of the values of family solidarity and cohesion in order to confront several phenomena, particularly spinsterhood," he added.
Much to the amusement of friends, family and colleagues, a hangover combined with depressing new-found spinsterhood led to me agreeing to go on Channel 4's cult looking-for-love series First Dates.
Women in similar situations are destined for a life of spinsterhood.
It's also the only saviour for the increasing spinsterhood phenomenon that reached 30%, and the divorced women whose percentage exceeded 50%.
With the same sensitivity that characterized House of Sand and Fog, Dubus creates portraits of an adulterous wife and the man she cheated with, a woman nearing spinsterhood who tries but fails to have a satisfying relationship, and a teenage girl who regrets an act of intimacy gone public.
Finding the ring meant marriage within the year, while the sixpence meant wealth, and the thimble/button spinsterhood or bachelorhood.