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.
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.