EMMA Watson has recently revealed that she is “self-partnered” – a term she prefers to refer to herself with, rather than “single.”
The Harry Potter star’s recent announcement is part of an emerging movement which sees singletons ditching the idea that they should be dating and constantly looking out for The One. Read on to find out everything we know about the term.
What does being self-partnered mean?
To be self-partnered essentially means being single – and happy with it.
The term encompasses those who are committed to themselves, encompassing self-love and fulfilling your own personal happiness – without a partner.
It could mean for some even doing the sort of things you’d expect to do in a relationship by oneself, like going on sole dates to restaurants, the cinema and days out.
The term delineates from being single as it rules out actively looking for a partner – but can still encompass going on dates.
Being self-partnered doesn’t mean actively avoiding dating, just being happy if things don’t work out.
As a term generally used in reference to women, it is a gentle nudge away from archaic ideas about women fast becoming “spinsters” if they fail to find a boyfriend – whereas men can be thought of as “bachelors” long into their old-age.
However, the term is gender-less and can be used for anyone, regardless of who they are.
What has Emma Watson said about being self-partnered?
In a recent interview with Vogue, Emma Watson described how she was learning to love being single after turning 30.
She told the iconic publication: “If you have not built a home, if you do not have a husband, if you do not have a baby, and you are turning 30, and you’re not in some incredibly secure, stable place in your career, or you’re still figuring things out… There’s just this incredible amount of anxiety.
It took me a long time, but I’m very happy [being single],” she said.
“I call it being self-partnered.”
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