The Fraters Libertas refer to something that somehow appears to have vanished:
Don’t marry a career-oriented dame. Sounds like good advice to me. Who wants to put up with all the aggravation, self-centeredness, pantsuits, powerpoint presentations and general added marital stress? But who is giving such sage advice to non-married men? Vox Day? Some loudmouth conservative like ol’ JB? Nope, Forbes magazine:
Guys: A word of advice. Marry pretty women or ugly ones. Short ones or tall ones. Blondes or brunettes. Just, whatever you do, don’t marry a woman with a career.
Couldn’t have said it better myself.
Why? Because if many social scientists are to be believed, you run a higher risk of having a rocky marriage.
Shocking. Good thing we have these social scientists doing these important studies. Otherwise how would we know such common sense things like don’t marry a career gal?
While everyone knows that marriage can be stressful, recent studies have found professional women are more likely to get divorced, more likely to cheat, less likely to have children, and, if they do have kids, they are more likely to be unhappy about it. A recent study in Social Forces, a research journal, found that women–even those with a “feminist” outlook–are happier when their husband is the primary breadwinner.
Don’t miss hitting the comments section. I haven’t laughed this much in ages!
Strangely, the article which appears to have generated the predictable rush of hysterical career women demonstrating how reasonable and open-minded they are by shrieking for jihad against Forbes, has vanished from the Internet…. UPDATE: It is back up, but now paired with a hastily prepared “rebuttal” written by a woman whose conclusion is: “So guys, if you’re game for an exciting life, go ahead and marry a professional gal.” Of course, by “exciting life” she means “antagonistic, adultery- and divorce-filled life without children, at least children you can see more than one weekend a month”. And as we have all learned to expect of a female attempt at a rebuttal, she answers Noel’s general statistical points with personally anecdotal evidence. For the love of all that’s bone-dry and dull, someone needs to tell that brilliant career woman that when it comes to statistics and probabilities, the personal isn’t political, it is completely irrelevant!
UPDATE 2: Amynda points out that the slide show with accompanying text is still missing and helpfully posts it on Forbes behalf. Why any of this should upset feminists who believe that marriage is inherently oppressive remains a mystery….
In any event, Michael Noel’s conclusion is absolutely true, which is why it reduces the usual suspects to slavering madness. If you want a happy marriage, don’t even think about marrying a career woman. A woman who declares herself a career woman is openly declaring that her career is more important than any boyfriend, husband or children, so unless you intend to a) live off her, or, b) enjoy playing third fiddle to Powerpoint demonstrations, don’t even consider dating one. There are much better women out there.