This Really Blows My Mind

I normally don’t find things incredibly offensive – it really takes a lot for me to find things distasteful. However, Michael Noer’s article from Forbes Magazine entitled Don’t Marry Career Women is truly one of the most offensive things I have read in a long time. Is he serious? Life is full of all sorts of pressures – and most of us (men and women) are just trying to make the best of what life has to offer. Sure money and careers can put tremendous pressures on a marriage or any relationship where people are committed to each other. But to warm men not to marry career women because they suck at cleaning their houses??? How many families can support themselves on one salary these days? Wow!!!

Bess at Solvitur Ambulando has a great take on this article. I particularly like this paragraph:

But notice the author isn’t saying that education and careers are a problem for everyone. Just women. I guess it’s okay when men meet someone more interesting, have extra-marital affairs, and divorce their partners. And did we mention that in his scenario the little woman left in the dust has no income or savings or job skills to pick up the pieces after his departure? Ah, the good old days.

I couldn’t say it any better.

Update August 23, 2006 7:00PM: The article has been pulled and Dorothea adds that she has been told an apology is slated for the next issue. (see Dorothea’s comments on Bess’s post at Solvitur Ambulando). On one hand, I’m glad that the article has been removed, but I really can’t believe that Forbes allowed it to be published. A link to the article can be found here.

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Update No. 2, August 24, 2006, 12:15PM: The article is back up if you follow the original link (or this new one) as an opinion piece with a counterpoint article entitled Counterpoint: Don’t Marry a Lazy Man by Elizabeth Corcoran. Watching the evolution of this story today has been pretty fascinating. As you might imagine, there are a number of reader comments.

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9 Responses to This Really Blows My Mind

  1. Just so you know: I linked to your post (in my comment on this shameful article) because I was unwilling to link to Maxim–er, that is, Forbes.

    And thanks for pointing out Solvitur Ambulando, which I’ve now subscribed to.

  2. Jennifer says:

    Walt, I did think about the issue of linking to the article and whether that would actually give it more air time. However, one really has to read the article to see how offensive it really is. When I first read about it over at Solvitur Ambulando, I wondered how bad the article could really be – and boy was I amazed. Although, I generally don’t read Forbes either – it has lost any credibility it might have once had. I’m glad I could introduce Solvitur Ambulando to you – I really enjoy it.

  3. Mack Lundy says:

    Take another look at the link. Forbes printed a side-by-side rebuttal by Elizabeth Corcoran from the Forbes “Silicon Valley bureau and principal author of the magazine’s current cover story on robots.” Her title is “Counterpoint” Don’t Marry a Lazy Man.”

  4. Mack Lundy says:

    Forgot to mention, the discussion is pretty good.
    http://forums.forbes.com/forbes/board?board.id=respond_marry_career_woman

    One person pointed out what a hash the author made of the research that he used to illustrate his central issue.

  5. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for the heads up that the article is back up. This is all pretty fascinating!!!

  6. People are starting to use the original photographs to create hilarious parodies like this:

    http://www.gawker.com/news/forbes/gawker-cliffsnotes-dont-marry-career-women-196165.php

  7. sal says:

    You asked how can a family survive on one income. It actually is very easy if you don’t get caught up in consumerism, and buying all the crap that a person does not need. How much is your cell bill each month, your cable bill, your stupid starbucks coffee? Why do people drive a BMW when they can get a better car for half the price? The amount of money people waste these days is what is causing debt, not high prices.

  8. J says:

    Just ignore them. They’ll go away, or die off, eventually.

  9. [...] Apparently I wasn’t the only one pissed off by Forbes Magazine. After initially deciding to pull the article Forbes has decided to counter Noer’s article with an additional article from Elizabeth Corcoran about men. Do they really think that will fix the problem? Michael Noer and the editors at Forbes Mageazine should have had the common sense to realize the content and poor research would cause a “heated response” from the public. After reading Corcoran’s article my negative opinion regarding Forbes Magazine has not changed. [...]

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