Couple privilege is a very real thing and it shuts out single people – Stylist Magazine

Holidays, weddings and career changes

Last week, my would-be holiday buddy cancelled our Italian sojourn and asked me to save my money for her wedding instead. Im absolutely delighted for her, and of course Ill be the first person to throw confetti, but that holiday was my only one of the year. Most of my other friends who I used to holiday with are already making plans to go away with their partners.

My other friend used to pay for the bills in her flat, while her boyfriend covered the rent. This meant she could go into part-time study and eventually make a career change. Meanwhile, even though I earned a significant amount more than her, well over half of my monthly wage went and still goes on rent, bills and paying off my overdraft.

And this year Ill be going to yet more weddings where Ill once again feel like a cheapskate for only being able to give a small amount of money as a wedding gift. I almost feel like I need to write a disclaimer in the card: please count the amount of money Ive spent on travel and accommodation on my own as part of the total sum. Oh, and it would be double this if I came with a plus-one.

What Im trying to say is: couple privilege is prevalent, but many people just dont see it.

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Couple privilege is a very real thing and it shuts out single people - Stylist Magazine

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