On November 4, 2019, Emma Watson stated “I am very happy being single. I call it being self-partnered” in response to a question about her relationship status (British Vogue, 2019).
Her seemingly surprising (?) answer quickly became viral and caused many to reflect. It is in this context that Les 3 sex* started its own reflection and decided to invite its community to express themselves on the reality of the various representations of celibacy.
Whether voluntary or involuntary, celibacy is a peculiar reality in a world dominated by the relational configuration of the couple, most often heterosexual, cisgender and monogamous.
Implicitly, this dominating discourse suggests that celibacy is a temporary status, and that every single person will eventually be in a relationship at some point, if not, they will be unhappy. The idea of living a single life without actively looking to end this situation provokes surprise, misunderstanding and even mistrust, which is even greater when it comes to a “voluntarily” single woman.