According to a new CNN article and website Invite a Bite , women are so dependent, insecure, and self-conscious that they can't dine out alone. In fact, it's such an issue that they need a website to go find strangers/other "lonely" women to wallow in self-pity and relieve their horrendous embarrassment.
At first, I thought there had to be some sort of hyperbole or sarcasm, but nope, these people are 100% serious. They even go on to tell the sordid tales of women feeling "awkward," and like "lonely spinsters." And of course, the story wouldn't be complete without the ol' gender comparison, "'Men seem to have no such obstacles,' suggests Peachey of the stigma of eating alone. 'My husband happily walks into any place in any city for a drink or some food. So why do I scurry in and act like a lunatic?'"
Really? Thanks for setting women back 60 years! The notion that women are uncomfortable going out to eat alone is archaic. And the implication that women should be uncomfortable doing so is even more absurd.
I've eaten alone plenty of times on business trips or just to grab a quick bite, and never thought twice about it until I read this article. Last time I checked, women are more than capable of eating alone, vacationing alone, and basically doing whatever the hell we want alone without feeling bad about it. There should be no stigma or sympathetic looks for a woman who chooses to do so. Furthermore, we really shouldn't give a rat's ass what strangers in a restaurant think of us. If people are so narrow minded that they judge a woman who is dining alone, the problem is theirs, not the woman's. Sure, eating with friends or your significant other is more fun, but sometimes you just want to grab something quick to eat, no arrangements required, and women should never feel embarrassed about doing so.