It's always interesting to me whenever I read magazine articles about single women-- they always make a point of saying how "happy" these women are. These articles also emphasize how much more women, today, crave independence. I'm not in a hurry to get married, but I also don't want to be 50 and unmarried. I feel a certain sense of independence as a woman, but does it mean I'm not truly "independent" until I work and live alone? Why is it that people turn their noses about couples who are 21-24 years old getting married? This used to be, as this article suggests, commonplace.