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And I have been left alone like some kind of social leper at dinner tables and on dance floors as the men with whom I was talking or dancing have literally been dragged away by wives who refused even to acknowledge me.
When that had happened at the fourth wedding in a row, it finally clicked that in the current social climate a single woman on her own at a gathering of middle-aged married couples is seen as nothing more than a threat to be repelled by women who evidently do not trust their husbands to behave themselves.
At first, I was appalled at such aggressive tactics. What's happened to old-fashioned good manners and generosity of spirit? Isn't it polite when you see a woman on her own to encourage your partner to talk to her or even dance with her? And besides, why do they flatter themselves that every singleton must be interested in their husbands? It struck me that in most areas of life we expect others to behave the way we do ourselves: I rang up my girlfriends and railed against what seemed to me to be the shattered sisterhood, in which women no longer look out for one another but instead see themselves in competition - emotionally, physically and financially - with every other woman.
But there was no sympathy to be had. Instead, my friends laughed and metaphorically shook me by the shoulders as they told me to wake up. Didn't I know, they asked me, what it's like to be married today? To have actually got your hands on a good man - even had children with him - at a time when the dating game is a hellish shark-pool of hopeless men and desperate women. To be such a wife immediately makes you a target, they told me - or at least it makes your husband a target, for predatory women.
Forget my somewhat naive assumptions about the traditional courtesies extended to single women at a social function, the truth seems to be that too many single women simply no longer respect a wedding ring on a man's finger. The old proprieties surrounding marriage have been swept away by the aggressive 'must-have' attitude of an awful lot of modern women.
The consensus, according to my friends, was that female emancipation - and the social, economic and sexual freedoms that have gone with it - have led to a liberal world in which nothing is sacred any more.
Women are out for what they can get - and if that means another woman's husband, then so be it. At a time when one in three marriages fails, the thinking seems to be that to ruin one or two more unions in your own pursuit of happiness won't make much difference. There are said to be six million single women in Britain today, many of them wanting not only a great figure and good job, but also a great guy - and that has led to the old notions of sisterhood being thrown on the scrapheap in an unseemly rush for satisfaction.
One woman I spoke to, Susan Flemming, 42, a stay-at-home mother of three from London who is married to a successful banker, says: Fifteen years ago, when I was single and on the dating scene, you never thought of going near a man if he was married or even had a girlfriend. I spent the summer with a newly divorced woman and three married couples. She was 35, single and on the prowl, and she was all over the married men.
She sat on the beach and openly flirted with all our husbands, including one whose wife was heavily pregnant. Women have become tougher in the business world and as they are used to getting what they want in the office, they now think that they can get any man they want, too - it has become one more thing in the list of achievements which a highflying modern woman aspires to.
This makes hackles rise among married women. Widow Alison Sharman, 43, who has a six-year-old daughter and works part-time in IT, says that she believes that the issue of working women versus stay-at-home mothers has contributed to female insecurity. Like me, though, Alison feels that most married women are overreacting. She has been on her own for four years since her husband died. Matchmove supervisor Ben Harrison Milk Visual Effects Alberto Herrera The Third Floor Ryan Hirsh VR Experience Max Johnson The Third Floor John Kilkenny The Third Floor Pauline Koh The Third Floor Dorota Kowalska Atomic Arts Natalie MacDonald Stereo D Suryakant Mahunta Lead Rigger Luca Mignardi The Third Floor Dora Morolli Milk Visual Effects Collette Nunes The Third Floor Gemma Office Prime Focus Francis Provencher Atomic Arts Ben Radcliffe Dynamic Simulation Javier Roca The Third Floor Sribalaji Santharam The Third Floor Yoann Schmid Stereo D Patrick Schultz Stereo D Balasubramaniam Senthil Kumar Stereo D Sohail Shimi Stereo D Naveen Shukla Atomic Arts Sam Spacey BOT vfx Jitendravijay Srinivasagan Stereo D Richard Stammers Stereo D Mirek Suchomel The Third Floor Iyi Tubi Prime Focus Alonso Varela Atomic Arts Quentin Vien The Senate Pablo Wang Dimension X Kate Windibank The Third Floor Dane Wylie Clear Angle Studios Jeannie Yeung Stereo D uncredited Sreyans Bardia MPC uncredited Jesse Hildreth MPC uncredited Callum James MPC uncredited Bright Jani Framestore uncredited Joan Panis MPC uncredited Elena Velkova Florida unit Claudio Del Gobbo TechnoDolly Operator Imre Juhasz Florida unit Szabolcs Szalay PA to costume designer Katalin Ujvari Neoprene spacesuit cutter Edmund Woodward Stereo D Tom Henson-Webb I laid on my stomach, gentIy placing my camera on the ground.
The officers rushed over to handcuff me. I told them to please be easy with my camera and gear as they picked me up off the ground. I understand that the officers were simply doing their job and they did it well.
I was compliant and escorted across the street, to the Marriott Courtyard Hotel and then questioned. I gave them the details of where I was and who I was with. They asked several questions, checked my phone records and told me I was clear to go.
I am thankful for the professionalism of the officers on duty, and have a tremendous amount of respect for them as well. Pinckney, 41, is the youngest African-American to be elected to the legislature and was elected at the age of He was a pastor at 18 years of age. Blacks killing whites, now whites killing blacks. This racial divide is what the Commies are striving for. Stop playing into their hands! Of course, President Obama wasted no time using this tragedy to launch yet another attack on our 2nd Amendment.
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