Honestly, who wouldn’t want to be a “spinster”?

Reading writer Sara Maitland’s How to Be Alone I learned the origins of the word spinster. Get this…

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“In the Middle Ages the word “spinster” was a compliment. A spinster was someone, usually a woman, who could spin well: a woman who could spin well was financially self-sufficient – it was one of the very few ways that mediaeval women could achieve economic independence. The word was generously applied to all women at the point of marriage as

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