Don’t Marry Career Women
I was all ready to stop talking about sexism for awhile and get back to writing about code, when Forbes magazine comes along, bonks me on the head with a club and drags me back to a cave by my ponytail. This article in Forbes is so misogynistic I don’t even know where to start.
Apparently “career girls” (yes, 40 year old females with advanced degrees and sucessful careers are still girls!) are bad at housework, neglectful of children, have extra marital affairs, make their husbands fall ill (I’m not kidding! He actually says that!) and cause divorce. Wow! I mean, I know I personally do all those things but I didn’t know we as a group were wreaking so much havoc on society. I’m glad Forbes is on the case.
This is my favorite sleight of hand:
When your spouse works outside the home, chances increase they’ll meet someone they like more than you. “The work environment provides a host of potential partners,” researcher Adrian J. Blow reported in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, “and individuals frequently find themselves spending a great deal of time with these individuals.”
There’s more: According to a wide-ranging review of the published literature, highly educated people are more likely to have had extra-marital sex (those with graduate degrees are 1.75 more likely to have cheated than those with high school diplomas.) Additionally, individuals who earn more than $30,000 a year are more likely to cheat.
See what his own evidence actually says? Educated and high-earning people, regardless of gender, are more likely to get divorced, have affairs, etc. This isn’t all that shocking. Gertrude and Henry, back on the dirt farm, will likely never cheat or get divorced because what option do they have?
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.
Link via boing-boing.
UPDATE: Apparently they pulled the story, then put it back up with a rebuttal by Elizabeth Corcoran titled “Counterpoint: Don’t Marry a Lazy Man.” Classy move, but I’m still appalled they would publish such a piece of hate in the first place. Thanks to Jennifer for the tip about the update.