My new sister-in-law told me today that, if I insisted on being called ms, people would think I was unmarried and embarrassed to let it be known. I pointed out the obvious to her, that mr gives no hint of marital status, so women shouldn't have to state theirs. It cut no ice. In her view, mrs is superior to ms because it means you have caught your man. You can dress that up to mean you've made a commitment blah blah blah but we all know what it really means. I've been a proud ms all my adult life and have no intention of changing now.