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Women’s magazine Ginger Web created a stir in late November by publishing an article that offered single women advice on how to spend time alone.

In a Nov. 26 article titled “Techniques for watching a movie alone without seeming sad,” author Mariko Okura lamented the fact that women often needed courage to go to a movie theater by themselves, offering up a few tips on ways to survive a solo outing. The tips included such tactics as entering the theater after the movie had started, bringing an absorbent handkerchief to mop up tears (presumably sparked by the film on the screen in front of them and not loneliness) and making a speedy exit during the final credits before the other viewers started to discuss the movie with their partners.

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