Quirkyalone is a book that has its own holiday and a movement.
quirkyalone (kwur.kee.uh.lohn) n. adj.
A person who enjoys being single (but is not opposed to being in a relationship) and generally prefers to be alone rather than date for the sake of being in a couple. With unique traits and an optimistic spirit; a sensibility that transcends relationship status. Also adj. Of, relating to, or embodying quirkyalones. See also: romantic, idealist, independent.
Are you a quirkyalone? Do you know someone who is?
Do you believe life can be prosperous and great with or without a mate?
Do you value your friendships as much as your romantic relationships?
Do gut instincts guide your most important decisions?
Are you often among the first on the dance floor?
Coupled or single, man or woman, social butterfly or shrinking violet, quirkyalones have walked among us, invisible until now. Through the coining of a new word, this tribe has been given a voice.
Meet the quirkyalones.
The quirkyalone nation: where we live, what we do
Quirkytogethers (quirkyalones who have entered long–term relationships)
Sex and the single quirkyalone
Romantic obsession: the dark side of the quirkyalone’s romantic personality
Quirkyalones throughout history (profiles in courage)
“Cagen is up to something that could be as important for women (and men) as The Feminine Mystique was years ago: We aren’t just halves of couples; we are distinct individuals—as complete and potentially happy alone as we are with our families and lovers. Thank you, Sasha, for giving us this proud and thoughtful declaration of independence!”—Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America and Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America
“Ahh, the single life. Can it ever be as fulfilling as married life. or divorced life? The quirkyalones argue it can be all that and more.”—Anderson Cooper, CNN
“Bachelorettes = out, quirkyalones = in”—Washington Post
“Exhorts singles to ‘resist the tyranny of coupledom.'”—New York Times
I coined the word “quirkyalone” in a 700-word essay published in my own magazine To-Do List and then Utne. The essay inspired such a huge reaction that it led me to write this book, to create International Quirkyalone Day and to found the quirkyalone movement.
Quirkyalone is not anti-love. It is pro-love. It is not anti-dating. It is anti-compulsory dating. We tend to be romantics. We prefer to be single rather than settle. In fact, the core of quirkyalone is the inability to settle. We spend a significant chunk of our lives single because we hold our relationships to a high standard; we actually enjoy single life too.
Are quirkyalones loners? Not necessarily. Quirkyalones value friendship highly. We’re a mix of extroversion and introversion, though some quirkyalones are more on the introvert side of the spectrum. We all need some solitude. Quirkyalones are often creative and need time alone to allow thoughts to fully form.
Fundamentally, quirkyalone isn’t so much about being alone as it is about connection: with yourself and others. It’s about liberating yourself from the expected road maps to discover your own. It’s about developing comfort with aloneness and recognizing that comfort is crucial to being with someone else.
The quirky in quirkyalone is really about authenticity. It’s about accepting yourself in all your quirky glory, and being fully yourself, whether you’re single or in a relationship.
The alone part is about willing to stand out from the crowd, to go to a wedding alone rather than go with a date, for example, out of social obligation. It’s about resisting the tyranny of coupledom, the prevailing notion that you must be in a relationship at all times in order to be happy.
It’s about preserving solitude in an era of hyperconnectivity so that you can be comfortable and full alone, and therefore fully present with another human being.
Quirkyalone is about:
– being willing to go it alone and with friends rather than settling
Quirkyalone is not about:
– perpetual singlehood
A quirkyalone can also be quirkytogether (quirkyalone in a relationship).
Or a quirkyslut. A quirkyslut maintains high standards for a romantic relationship, but becomes more flexible for the Saturday (or even Tuesday) night encounter.
International Quirkyalone Day
International Quirkyalone Day (Feb. 14) is a DIY celebration of romantic, friendship, and independent spirit. International Quirkyalone Day is not anti-Valentine’s Day. It just happens to fall on the same day. Couples as well as singles are invited to attend.
International Quirkyalone Day is a grassroots movement. It’s been celebrated in over 40 cities across the four continents since 2003.