Successful business women, ditch the suits and find your working class hero

On August 21, Michael Noer published an article on Forbes.com entitled "Don't Marry a Career Woman", the website has subsequently taken down the piece, but you can read the bulk of it here.

The piece starts off like this:


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.
Brave Jack Shafer of "Slate" wasted no time reassuring his readers that Noer's article wasn't sexist. After all, he notes, Noer's arguments are gender-neutral. Employed, educated people are more likely to get divorced, and more likely to commit adultery. So, Noer's just offering sound advice for any captain of industry who hopes to rule like a tyrant in their own home. It's just an idle coincidence that the article was about not marrying career women, as opposed to career persons.

Forbes.com bills itself as the "Home Page For The World's Business Leaders". As we all know, many of the world's business leaders are of the female persuasion.

Some observers might find it sexist that Forbes.com published an essay that started "Guys:" and warned against marrying a career woman. I call for Forbes to remedy these terrible optics by publishing a second article explaining the harsh truth to the female readership.

Suggested titles: "Ditch the suits and find your working class hero." The opening paragraph could be something like this: "Ladies: A word of advice. Ditch your pinstriped colleagues, Mr. Right does not read Forbes."

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