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Challenges that bachelors face

12 July 2016, 08:24 Marc Mbugua

Bachelors have no nagging wives and are considered the freest of human beings in the world. Coupled with a disposable income, they are the subject to envy by many married people.

However the life of a bachelor is not all glossy. They also face various challenges in the society. Here are some of them:

1. Stereotypes

Rather bizarrely, being a bachelor in urban areas without consistent female company invariably attracts speculation about one's sexual orientation. Bachelors who seem less enthusiastic about women are always suspected to be gay.

2. Constant nagging by family members

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Most bachelors shy away from family functions especially in their rural homes because of the nagging that comes from family members pushing them to get married. They are constantly put on the spot to explain why they have not married especially if they have a good social and financial standing.

3. Loneliness

Emotional support is a fundamental human need. Bachelors are deprived of the ability to share their excitement in times of achievement, encouragement in times of difficulty and safety in times of failure, which are only developed through a long-term relationship with the female companion.

4. Stigmatization

Some of the bachelors are haunted by their unmarried status. This is because some are not bachelors by choice. By the time they reach a certain age, men develop inflexible habits, attitudes, tastes and preferences, and it’s hard to find a woman in their age group who can put up with their inadequacies.

Refusing to marry among some African communities is considered a big crime thus bachelors are ridiculed at every turn for not been able to man up and embrace ‘family responsibilities’.

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