I just listened to an amusing piece on NPR by Brian Unger on "and the seeming obsession among writers and editors of The New York Times with the mind of the American bachelor": The 'Times' Fascination with the Single Man
The article was in response to this post on Gawker:
Coming to a Sunday Styles Near You: 'Yellow-Light Bachelors'
And a string of NYTimes articles in the past:
Metrosexuals Come Out
Gay or Straight? Hard to Tell
The Man Date