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.
Why? Because if many social scientists are to be believed, you run a higher risk of having a rocky marriage. 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.
I suppose everyone has a right to their opinions. But Forbes just lost a lot of potential customers. And not just the female ones. Glancing at the message board for the article, it’s pretty obvious that a lot of readers thought it was a pile of crap. I think the sort of men that I know and respect would be equally appalled by the shit that is passed around as research. Now, what I really want to know is if there is a similar list for women married to career boys. You know, the kinds who go to office and think the clothes fold themselves? Articles like these bring most men such a bad name that they cannot handle a confident, self-assured and independent spouse. Feministe has a wonderful response titled “Why you should marry a doormat“.
And of course this can be solved if the husband picks up a broom, but that’s clearly a laughable idea. Because men, apparently, are idiots and slobs. And they say feminists have animosity towards men? I’m gonna go ahead (yet again) and point out that it’s the people who cling the most desperately to traditional gender roles who seem to have the dimmest views of men and their individual capabilities, and who consistently image them as emotionally stunted, incapable of caring for themselves, and highly animalistic. I think it’s about time that men started asking themselves who their actual allies are, and who’s willing to stereotype them as cavemen and morons in order to maintain a social structure that privileges them.
Update – BoingBoing has an update on Forbes pulling the article down. It’s sort of funny really.