Columnist Mark Regnerus from the Washington Post says that women nowadays don't marry young because it's uncool, and because it's focus on studies first. This means that women have to marry while they're fresh and young, otherwise their value drops with their youth, and they end up losers in life.

Regnerus implies that women don't want to get married young due to "peer pressure to avoid giving serious thought to mariage until they're at least in their late 20s." He says that it seems like women are afraid that it'll destroy their social lives and freedom, and women want to focus on studies or careers first before thinking about marriage (but end up losers anyway because they didn't get married sooner). In fact, he thinks that early marriage is great for girls, and in fact, the MEN can't handle it. Regnerus writes;

According to data from the government's National Survey of Family Growth, women who marry at 18 have a better shot at making a marriage work than men who marry at 21. There is wisdom in having an age gap between spouses. For women, age is (unfortunately) a debit, decreasing fertility. For men, age can be a credit, increasing their access to resources and improving their maturity, thus making them more attractive to women. We may all dislike this scenario, but we can't will it away.

The point: Marry young, while you're fertile, otherwise nobody will want you. Oh, and by the way, it's also totally okay for 40-year-old men to get married for the first time. In fact, the older the better, because you have more "money and maturation". As the male fertility lives on, this is not a problem for them. Women however, better watch out other wise they have to "beg, pray, borrow and pay to reclaim it in their 30s and 40s".

This is not just an economic problem. It's also a biological and emotional one. I realize that it's not cool to say that, but my job is to map trends, not to affirm them. Marriage will be there for men when they're ready. And most do get there. Eventually. But according to social psychologists Roy Baumeister and Kathleen Vohs, women's "market value" declines steadily as they age, while men's tends to rise in step with their growing resources (that is, money and maturation). Countless studies — and endless anecdotes — reinforce their conclusion.

So, lets say women were to listen to Regnerus' "advice", we are free from pressures to wait and date around. Instead, it's replaced with the pressure of desperately finding a lifelong mate before we start shrivelling up with age at 30, otherwise nobody will want them and they will die alone, unsuccessful in career and life (because Regnerus says that marrying young means that you will be more successful in your career).

Imagine, Regnerus the supposed sociologist, reverting back to the olden days where women were pressured to marry young as they lose "market value" when they get old. For men, it's totally okay to grow old and marry whenever they like. Women however, he thinks, are solely the tool to reproduce and spread the male seeds. Already in these modern times, women are silently oppressed but at least, building their way up to more freedom and power in the world. What about the LOVE factor, sacrifice, trust, respect and whether a couple can  be entirely sure they can live together? These decisions should be made by the people themselves, not what aging-woman-hating Regnerus thinks.

Say Yes. What Are You Waiting For? [Washington Post]
Male Newspaper Columnist Knows When Woman Should Marry [Jezebel]