Lori Gottlieb has a fascinating article in The Atlantic about how dreamy romanticism has encouraged many women to delay marriage until they can find the mythical Perfect Man. She writes:
I don’t mean to say that settling is ideal. I’m simply saying that it might have gotten an undeservedly bad rap...They, like me, would rather feel alone in a marriage than actually be alone, because they, like me, realize that marriage ultimately isn’t about cosmic connection—it’s about how having a teammate, even if he’s not the love of your life, is better than not having one at all.
HT: Glenn Reynolds