Single women typically encounter feeling conspicuous in certain settings, such as weddings and events that result in intrusive questioning. Single women face feeling invisible when others assume they are married or question their unmarried status. Such experiences may stir feelings of insecurity, as if their lifestyles are viewed as inferior.
As they mature, single women generally notice that the pool of eligible men is ebbing and risky pregnancies are increasing with the growing number of years. Casual inquiries in social exchanges tend to magnify the different lifestyles of other women. Families of single women sometimes contribute to feelings of rejection with jokes and rude remarks from siblings and parents.