One of the characteristics of language is that it is constantly changing.
"Bachelorette" is a coined word, that's true. But because of its
popular use in the TV series, it's likely to gain a permanent status in
English lexicons. And the fact that "spinster" has an "old maid"
connotation, in spite of its use on British marriage licenses, does not void the
American meaning in most people's minds. "Proper" is determined
chiefly by usage, and "spinster/old maid" is the way we use it.
There is no such word in the English language as "bachelorette."The proper word for a man who has yet to be married is
"bachelor."The proper word for a woman who has yet to be
married is "spinster." (Contrary to popular belief, the word does not
exclusively refer to an "old maid." Both Princess Diana and the Duchess
of Cambridge had their conditions listed as such on their marriage licenses, as
did the Queen.)
Why not have a Mormon Bachelor/Bachelorette do a season featuring LDS 50 +
singles? We are an aging society with rapidly increasing numbers of
"golden" LDS singles falling within this age demographic. But unlike our younger LDS singles, that already have opportunities each week
to mix, mingle, and worship with hundreds of other LDS singles in wards
specifically devoted to meet their needs; the cut off age to attend such wards
is 45. Are we to assume LDS singles 50 and over have no desire or need to be
loved by a suitable mate? The research has proven to show us that the opposite
is true. People tend to have better overall health and well being, in marriage.
As individuals age alone they are at greater risk for social isolation,
declining health, and decreased opportunities to meet age appropriate LDS
singles, yet our numbers are growing. Our rapidly growing aging population has
been shown to have better health outcomes with spousal support. I didn't
even go back to school until I was 45, graduating in '09, at age 50, double
majoring. I finished my master's degree two years later at 52. Where are
people like myself supposed to meet quality single Mormon men?