“At least in the Anglosphere, women who own cats have long been associated with the concept of spinsterhood,” says the "Cat Lady" Wikipedia page. “In more recent decades, the concept of a cat lady has been associated with romance-challenged (often career-oriented) women.”
But is that really still the case? Are cat ladies really all spinsters?
Well, no, not really anymore. At least not right now. Maybe it’s the dawn of a cultural revolution, or maybe cats are just having a moment, but whatever it is, they’re cool, and not in an ironic way.
A New York Times style section feature that ran last weekend titled “I’m a Cat Lady? Thank You: Adopting a Cat is seen as a Badge of Honor and Independence,” outlined how young professional women are adopting cats because they’re simply a great, cute match for women who don’t have a lot of time to take care of a pet.
Examples of cool, successful cat ladies are all over the Internet.
There’s Taylor Swift:
There's Brazilian blogger Helena Bordon attended Paris Fashion Week in a très chic Miu Miu cat-print jacket. (See they’re high fashion too!)
But being a cool cat owner isn't relegated to women. Nope, this trend is gender equal. Yesterday, New York Magazine published a piece titled, "Unlikely Cat Ladies: Metalheads and Their Kittens."
Hard-core metal-fan dudes love kittens. SO STOP MAKING FUN OF CAT PEOPLE ALREADY, OK GUYS.