V: I choose to be single, or in a long term relationship….don’t want to necessarily get married. I’m constantly criticized by family & friends because of my choice. Why? What’s wrong with not wanting to get married?
D.Y.: Nothing wrong with that at all. It’s just that some people assume that everyone wants the same thing, and have trouble understanding that not everybody wants to follow the same relationship path. Also, I think many people assume that a woman saying “I don’t want to get married” is basically her saying “Since I’ve been unsuccessful with relationships, I’m going to tell everyone I don’t want to get married so they’ll think my perpetually single relationship status is intentional.”