I’ve been contemplating my new-found freedom lately, and have run into cultural semantics on the issue. It was amusing to see the lack of specific returns when I Googled “unmarried freedom” for example. I’m not sure that our culture has let the cat out of the bag on this (that unmarried is freedom).
It seems like our (American) culture assumes that married is the ultimate status for individuals. The only real debate is about who can marry who currently.
Single has its own connotations, and it usually seems to suggest a person that is seeking to find someone to marry – or at least date as a precursor to marriage. Unmarried has mostly negative connotations, and is somewhat undefined. Preferred labels are more specific, and relate to what the person was before they became unmarried: divorced, separated or widowed.
So I’m thinking I kinda like the “unmarried” moniker. It defines in a certain way what you’re not, without assuming to define what you want to become or used to be.