Our society prefers people to be part of a couple - two-by-two, just like in Noah's Ark. It is unnerved by singledom, in the female of the species more than the male, even more so when it's an active choice. Singletons find themselves on the receiving end of multiple negative emotions - pity, suspicion and false jollity being just three. What I find even stranger is this discomfort with singledom extends to coupled-up individuals who choose to follow an interest alone. What'