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This article in the NY Times Magazine by Maureen Dowd laments that, among other things, modern girls forsake hardcore feminism because they are more interested in actually having a relationship. She also beats the old tired drum that men would rather have Mummy than a successful career woman like, say, Maureen Dowd.

John Schwartz of The New York Times made the trend official in 2004 when he reported: "Men would rather marry their secretaries than their bosses, and evolution may be to blame." A study by psychology researchers at the University of Michigan, using college undergraduates, suggested that men going for long-term relationships would rather marry women in subordinate jobs than women who are supervisors. Men think that women with important jobs are more likely to cheat on them. There it is, right in the DNA: women get penalized by insecure men for being too independent.

"The hypothesis," Dr. Stephanie Brown, the lead author of the study, theorized, "is that there are evolutionary pressures on males to take steps to minimize the risk of raising offspring that are not their own." Women, by contrast, did not show a marked difference between their attraction to men who might work above them and their attraction to men who might work below them.

So was the feminist movement some sort of cruel hoax? Do women get less desirable as they get more successful?

After I first wrote on this subject, a Times reader named Ray Lewis e-mailed me. While we had assumed that making ourselves more professionally accomplished would make us more fascinating, it turned out, as Lewis put it, that smart women were "draining at times."

Or as Bill Maher more crudely but usefully summed it up to Craig Ferguson on the "Late Late Show" on CBS: "Women get in relationships because they want somebody to talk to. Men want women to shut up."

Women moving up still strive to marry up. Men moving up still tend to marry down. The two sexes’ going in opposite directions has led to an epidemic of professional women missing out on husbands and kids.

The whole thing is pretty elitist stuff, actually. Between the lines of the whole article is a lament that she never found a husband. Dowd doesn’t get it. She never got it. She never will get it. That’s why, even though she’s attractive, successful and connected, she’s never been able to find a guy willing to put up with her.

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What He Said

Please send this link to the person who forwards you every stupid thing (chain letter, internet rumor, scam, quiz, and other garbage) that passes their inbox.

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I have a beautiful listing in Putnam County, about 30 miles north of the Bronx. It is a stone tudor set on 5 acres and the autumn scenery is beautiful. Here are some photos of the grounds I took this past week. Incidentally, if you or someone you know is looking for a 2850+ square foot 4 bedroom 3.5 bath home on private acreage north of the City for $874,900, email me.
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My brother played Rugby with Leakgate prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald. Nothing but good things to say about the guy. Bill Reilly referred to him last night positively as well (although not as glowingly as Tom) as not being an ideological nut. You can’t expect Reilly to say more, not having played rugby with him.

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Yesterday it was WNBA star  Sheryl Swoopes, and today I read over at A Stitch in Haste that George Takei (Mr. Sulu of Star Trek fame) has come out.
Hats off to both for their guts. I wonder at what point that these notables coming out will reach critical mass and we can get past the charade that there are no gays in pro sports and that there are only a handful in entertainment, business and politics. Then we can have honest dialog, and all the holier than thous (who unfortunately, are mostly on the right side of the political fence) will be forced to reconcile their views with the fact that they have a gay cousin, sibling, or coworker.
I know. You have nothing against them but you don’t want them shoving their sexuality down your throat 24/7. OK, there are annoying gay people. Just like there are annoying straight people. People condemn what they don’t understand. Sound familiar?

Afterhtought: If Gene Roddenberry were alive and creating Star Trek today (as opposed to 1966) what characters would he create to forecast 23rd century diversity?

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