When I began to write about "Seraphic Singles" and "Searching Singles" I really meant Single women over 25. I just didn't consider college-age girls "Single". If you're still being educated, you're not in a good time to get married and have children. (Graduate school can count as the beginning of a career, especially if you're being funded, i.e. paid.)
Of course, if girls in your community marry at 19, then naturally you might feel "left over" at 20. In China, apparently, the scary year is 25, which maddens me because I was scared of being unmarried at 25 myself, which I know now was ridiculous.
I never, never want to cry down marriage or extol a "swinging single" lifestyle, but honestly the whole idea of shaming women for being unmarried makes me furious. Some unmarried women are just not called to marriage. Other unmarried women long for marriage but quite sensibly aren't going to marry just any guy. Others are completely passed over for years because they live in unhealthy, decadent societies that actually punish women for being good wife material.
The situation in China is particularly sad because most young women have no brothers or sisters to take the pressure off them. Indeed, they must all know they could have been aborted in favour of a brother. Or maybe a series of sisters were aborted before their parents gave up hope for a son. At any rate, this is all terribly sad--and surprising, too, since there are 33 million more men than women in China. Surprise.
Update: In case you are wondering, here are the top ten countries for a sex ratio bizarrely skewed against girls: Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bhutan, Western Sahara, China and India. I wonder what dark magic brought that about. Hmm. Source
Update 2: I came across this while looking for baby stats. What does this mean in terms of integrating men from these countries into Canada and Europe? Discuss.
Update 3: Okay, I found this. To my surprise, along with China and India are mentioned former Soviet republics in the Caucasus. These seem to include Armenia, Georgia and Azerbiajan. Then there's Vietnam. But highest of all of the skewed more-boys-at-birth ratio according to the CIA is Liechtenstein. Liechtenstein? I didn't think they had abortion, let alone sex-selective abortion. What gives? (By the way: Liechtenstein, Curacao, Azerbaijan, mainland China, India, Vietnam, Albania, Armenia, Georgia, Macedonia, Kosovo. Liechtenstein and Curacao are majority Catholic. Azerbaijan and Kosovo are mostly Muslim and Albania half-Muslim, but Armenia and Georgia certainly aren't "Muslim countries"[Macedonia is 33% Muslim.]. My apologies, Gulf States! I guess the discrepancies are because of huge numbers of male foreign workers who either are unmarried or don't bring their female relations with them.)