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“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.

Like monocles and chopped salads before it, cool cat owners are being defined by, you guessed it, trend pieces.

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.

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Examples of cool, successful cat ladies are all over the Internet.

There’s Taylor Swift:

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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."

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Hard-core metal-fan dudes love kittens. SO STOP MAKING FUN OF CAT PEOPLE ALREADY, OK GUYS.