Outrage over supposed perils of marrying career woman

It comes as no surprise that a Forbes.com story headlined "Don't marry career women"--a warning to men that choosing a bride with a career is likelier to result in an unhappy marriage--has enraged many a blogger.

"What a disgusting, pathetic thing to publish!" was one of the milder responses. In fact, we'd give you the link, but the story has been mysteriously removed from the Forbes site.

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Authored by Michael Noer, the story cites scientific studies finding that women professionals 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." The accompanying photo gallery lists nine reasons to steer clear of career women, including, our personal favorite, "your house will be dirtier."

Some felt the story, with its engaging intro ("Guys: A word of advice...") was going for shock value. Others considered it such a throwback, they wondered if it was even a joke (and made their own jokes). Others still took little offense, but said they didn't need scientists to tell them career women are more likely to divorce.

Blog community response:

"...it's the most antiquated, sexist piece of crap I've read in a very long time, especially in a mainstream publication like Forbes...Does having a marriage between equals make marriage more complicated? Certainly, because more than one person's dreams and ideas have to be considered when making decisions and plans. This can create tensions and hardships that wouldn't otherwise be there if one person is the 'king and the other is merely one of their subjects. Is that inherently a bad thing? Absolutely not. People in a marriage can be equals who are mutually supportive of one another--regardless of who wants to work in a boardroom or at home--and that is a good thing."
--Demagogue

"And the 'best alternate title award' goes to: 'Why Michael Noer Never Got Laid Again, Except By That One Girl Who Works at The Piggly-Wiggly and Cain't Read so Good.'
--BoingBoing

"I didn't need a study to conclude that Rich women divorce more!!That was known to most husbands at the receiving end !! However this particular study confirms the fears and adds a stamp of credibility...well...let's say, 'fears have been confirmed...This isn't US or UK. Rich women all over the world are more likely to divorce. So is the case in India!"
--Indiatimes.com blog

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