This is the fifth of the State Of The Unions (SOTU) series.
In mainstream women’s magazines/websites one hears this lament regularly. Notice that you don’t hear men suggesting the same thing with respect to women in mainstream magazines/websites; even though there are a vast quantity of them who possess that sentiment. Perhaps men are more accepting of the situation and get on with their lives.
As for the “men taken” part; probably lots of women in looking at other women’s husbands over-estimate the “goodness” of the fella. There is the pre-selection effect combined with couples trying to put their best foot forward (at least until she decides not to). So, the taken men are not as good as they think.
The untaken men are probably better than they think; at least when considered with an objective measure (like say, Mr. Spock’s). For women, it all starts young, being filled with propaganda about how awesome they are; therefore being entitled to the best. From this comes the 421 point checklist. Fellas can’t fill the list, and many don’t even try such a futile endeavor.
In times past, marriage was about financial security and raising a family. There are only a few basic points here that belong on the checklist. Amazingly enough, there are many fellas out there that could fulfill such a list. Somehow these fellas are invisible.
As for these women, there should not be much sympathy.