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August 31, 2006

Marrying a woman who works more than 35 hours a week outside the home and makes more than $30,000 a year is "asking for trouble," according to Michael Noer, a columnist at

In a controversial column last week, Noer wrote: " 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. "

Noer offered several reasons why "guys" should avoid marrying what he calls "career women," citing several studies.

"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," Noer wrote. "And if they do have kids, they are more likely to be unhappy about it."

If you find the column anachronistic, offensive, and sexist, you are far from alone. The article created such a firestorm that Forbes took down the article and then republished it with a "counterpoint" by Elizabeth Corcoran, who called Noer's column " downright frightening."

The point-counterpoint move did little to stem the derision directed at Noer.

At the Huffington Post blog, a contributor called Noer's article "blood-boilingly misogynistic" and rewrote Noer's opening paragraph to read: "Ladies: A word of advice. Marry hot guys or ugly ones. Short ones or tall ones. Blondes or brunettes. Just, whatever you do, don't marry Forbes' Michael Noer. Because he's an idiot."

Source: Forbes and Huffington Post

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