Failed attempt at humor?


Failed attempt at humor?

Is this article an attempt at satire that I’m simply not understanding? Maybe I don’t read Forbes enough to pick up the tone, but this piece really bothers me. Beyond the general assumption that the Forbes Reader is a male looking for someone to wipe his nose and carry his babies, there are some serious logical errors here:

If non-working wives are more likely to remain in marriages of “low marital quality,” might this suggest that they’re remaining in them for bad reasons? Leaving an abusive or otherwise miserable marriage is extremely difficult for women without income, savings, resumes, job connections, etc: this is great for abusive or otherwise miserable men who want someone to continue to do their laundry, but how exactly does this make staying at home a positive thing for women?

How does the increased likelihood of ALL better-educated, working people to cheat mean that marrying a career WOMAN an especially bad bet? Shouldn’t women avoid better-educated, working men in this case?

More generally, the author’s failure to question why these “facts” about women, work, and marriage are true seems like lazy journalism at best. Saying that wives with careers are more likely to be in failing marriages may be interesting to a few single men; discussing the social and economic reasons why this may be true, and what can be done to change them, could engage any reader. That, however, would require more research and critical thinking on the part of the author. Next time you phone one in, Mr. Noer, please pick a different topic.

08-23-2006 02:33 PM


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