Skip to comments.Fear not, smart women
Posted on 11/16/2006 7:07:33 AM PST by qam1
Those who say that men don't like women with brains and careers are misleading women, says New York columnist Christine B. Whelan, author of "Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women," published this year.
Ms. Whelan, 29, says she wrote the book, in part, to respond to New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd's claim in her 2005 book "Are Men Necessary?" that success decreases a woman's chance for marriage.
"This isn't good news," Ms. Whelan said about reading the book when she was single and had just finished her doctoral degree in economic and social history. "The social scientist in me knew better than to accept this conventional wisdom without doing research of my own."
Ms. Whelan researched U.S. Census Bureau data, commissioned a national opinion survey and conducted interviews with more than 100 high-achieving men and women in nine cities to gather material for her book. What she found was that high-achieving women -- women with graduate degrees and/or an income in the top 10 percent of women in their age group -- married at the same rate as all other women did, but later in life, and that outdated information and misinterpreted statistics had women believing otherwise.
She calls these women SWANS, or Strong Women Achievers, No Spouse
The statistics Ms. Whelan provides in her book show that American women marry by an average age of 30 if they have a graduate degree, the median age for all women to marry is 25, and 90 percent of women marry by 44.
"Ms. Dowd is painting the wrong picture for our generation," Ms. Whelan said, adding that Ms. Dowd was right in saying that prior to the 1980s, it was more difficult for smart, successful women to get married and have children............
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"what men like" is diverse because men are diverse.
Bitches was already taken.
(Easy ladies....just joking)
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The problem with feminism is it tells women they don't need men, and this is a false premise. It is as false as telling men they don't need women.
Men and women are different, complimentary, and should not convince themselves that they are better off independent. We are always better off together.
The problem is, many women just don't know the difference between strength and bitchery.
Despite what that old fool Maureen Dowd says to make her unappealing self feel better, I would say that most men prefer smart women. I know I do. Nothing grates on your skin like being around dumb people all the time.
That's a down to earth way of looking at it.
By the way, I like your about page "Common Sense Conservative".
I like to think of myself as a Realist Conservative.
"Men and women are different, complimentary, and should not convince themselves that they are better off independent. We are always better off together."
Absolutely correct. And in total opposition to what the social scientists want you to believe. Men and women are the same in their eyes, the only difference being socialization, (this is stupid beyond words).
I sympathize with young men these days. Many women have bought into the liberal dogma, and believe men and women are the same, and many women are out to prove they are better men than the men they date.
I'm glad I'm married and out of that dating pool.
You know the type. Their male counterpart is that type we refer to as "assholes", but I digress.
At one point in a meeting she had been acting particularly misandrystic with some of the other women in the gathering, and she came out with that old canard bemoaning her life, "Where have all the good men gone?"
To which I sweetly replied, "You're too late. They're married to the good women".
my lady had a phd. AND she's smart as well. ther reason that a lot of 'smoart women' can't find a guy is they ther're dumb enough to beleive the feminist agenda. nobody decent is gonna hang around a woman who constantly bashes men, and whines about how bad it is to be a woman.
real smart women are highly attractive to good men. very much so.
Well...I have worked in the biotech and medical fields. There are tons of great looking girls in traditional "nerd" positions who have no problems getting dates.
Has Dowd considered the possibility that she's a miserable beyotch?
"...likely to marry ceterus paribus than women who do not exhibit those traits."
Gee, does knowing Latin make you smarter than someone who doesn't know Latin? Are you in the camp of Teresa Heinz who is of a belief that the more languages you speak, the smarter you are? (Which would make Mrs. Heinz one smart cookie?)
Is English so imprecise and limited that you can't express your thoughts in English? Or are you just trying to telegraph something about your own character traits?
Smart women frequently marry men who aren't as intelligent as they are, but successful women are loath to settle for men who aren't as high on the social or corporate ladder. The higher she climbs, the fewer the romantic options.
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