Single voting female

23 Aug

My mother used to encourage me to get involved in local politics. She wasn’t fussed about which party or what I’d actually be doing; she just thought it’d be a good way to meet men.  I can’t think of anything worse, other than attending a used-car salesman’s conference if such a thing exists. The thought of dating a politician is a complete turn-off for me. I’m all for fighting for causes and making the world a better place, but sincerity is high on my list of valued qualities. I’m too cynical to believe a politician could deliver.

manMap on single women votingThe other problem with my mother’s plan is that I’m not a good citizen from a political point of view. I can never seem to keep up with who’s offering what this week and who’s back-peddling over which issue. Between full-time work, manMap and the people in my life, politics doesn’t get much of a look-in. Pretending to join a political party for noble reasons would only expose my ignorance. Hardly attractive.

And so on Friday as I fretted over what an irresponsible voter I am, someone I know made a very good point. There’s never anything promised by political parties for single people. Sure, we’ll benefit from better health care and infrastructure, but so will the rest of the population. Many of us won’t benefit from tax cuts or bonuses for families, pensioners or business owners. So if we were to vote for the party that’d improve our lives purely as single citizens, we’d be in a bit of a quandary.

Luckily, despite what some think, single people are still members of the community and we can decide who to vote for based on other issues. But considering the number of single people living in Australia who aren’t retirees, it seems like another occurrence of singletons being overlooked. In my electorate alone, 41% of households are single person homes, and that doesn’t take into consideration all the singletons in share-houses. But I’m yet to see a bumper sticker that says:

I’m single and I vote.

I’m not expecting parties to re-think entire campaigns, but a bit of recognition wouldn’t go astray. After all, we have annual days for secretaries, seniors and youths. But there’s no Single Citizen’s Day. Considering we make huge contributions to our economy and workforce, I don’t think it’s too much to ask. It’s about time our city celebrated the people who don’t have engagements parties, anniversaries or dates on Valentine’s Day. We should have a day just for us so Sydney can say thank you for helping keep its cogs turning. Take the poll below (apologies to all those over voting) and let me know if you think single people deserve a special day. If enough of you do, I’ll write to Clover Moore and tell her to start painting the banners.  

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4 Responses to “Single voting female”

  1. mindybeaver August 23, 2010 at 8:03 pm #

    Your mum and my mum sound like they’d get along! My mum told me I should join the volunteer fire fighters. No, not to help the community, but as a good way to meet men. When I chastised her she said: ‘What? The suits aren’t working so try the uniforms!’

    • Lucie Stevens August 24, 2010 at 7:00 pm #

      You don’t have to join the volunteer fire fighters to meet firemen – just head to the Eddy Hotel on a Saturday night!

  2. VotingFemale August 24, 2010 at 12:38 am #

    If you don’t know who to vote for and why to vote for them, what’s the point of voting?

    Government’s job is not to take care of people contrary to what socialists preach to get votes.

    -VotingFemale

    http://votingfemale.wordpress.com

    • Lucie Stevens August 24, 2010 at 7:09 pm #

      Well VF, considering the “outcome” of our election, it looks like the majority of Australians didn’t feel strongly about either party, so I’m not alone. Shame our politicians didn’t spend more time communicating how they were planning to govern and less time trying to undermine each other.

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