Old Dogs. Old Tricks. Unteachable? October 18, 2006Posted by gordonwatts in life.
I almost hate to give this any link-love (watch out for flying ads and other random screens), but at the very least Forbes turned it into a point-counter-point. First, the original point:
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 and less likely to have children.
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Yeah! Do that. That will leave more for the rest of us! Ha ha ha ha ha! Whew. What a bunch of crap. It would be even more funny if it didn’t get column status in Forbes. Counter point was to the point:
Girlfriends: a word of advice. Ask your man the following question: When was the last time you learned something useful, either at home or work?
If the last new skill your guy learned was how to tie his shoes in the second grade, dump him. If he can pick up new ideas faster than your puppy, you’ve got a winner.
I’m not usually a fan of dipstick tests, particularly when it comes to marriage and relationships. But a downright frightening story written by my colleague, Michael Noer, on our Web site today drove me to it. According to the experts cited by Michael, marrying a “career girl” seems to lead to a fate worse than tangling with a hungry cougar.
Dipstick test! Ha! If I wasn’t already married to a kick-ass career woman and with a child I’d ask her out!
What I don’t get is why this sort of thing keeps popping up in the press. Presumably, these guys that are hired are, well, educated. Can think critically. And know how to tie their shoes (presumably). Maybe what is going on is lots of people have these beliefs deep down, but have repressed them due to the politically-correct climate (??) and Larry Summers make it OK to come out of the wood-work. I can only hope that by engaging in debate they learn. Sadly, what is more likely to happen is they’ll find each other, decide that since they are a group they should get elected and then pass laws matching their views. Oh wait. Sorry, that already happened… I’ll go back to tying my shoes.