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Unpartnered: Building A Full, Single Life

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 An illustration split into four separate illustrations. In the top-left corner is a woman sitting alone on a park bench, reading serenely. She has long red hair and her legs and feet are resting on the park bench. On the top right is a co-ed group of folks with their arms around one another facing three crosses. The red-haired woman is among them, and we can only see their backs. In the lower left-hand corner is three people playing mini-golf, with the red-haired woman in the middle. In the lower righthand corner, a group of people featuring the red-haired woman are eating at a restaurant. The word "Unpartnered" is in the upper righthand corner.
Charnel Hunter

A growing number of American adults have the same feeling about romantic partnerships: They don’t want one. Anita meets three people who have chosen singlehood: a scholar who examines the double standard of relationship status, a single mother of two by choice and a man shedding toxic masculinity to build a deliberately single life.

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Paige Perez (she/her) is a Caribbean-American audio and photojournalist born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Her work covering sexual and reproductive health, the climate crisis, and racial inequity is published in The Guardian, HuffPost Voices, and Bronx Times. Paige is a recent graduate of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, where she concentrated in health/science reporting and specialized in audio and video. When she is not reporting and producing, she is probably visiting local art spaces or making images.
Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.