Thread: Dr. H, Should Women Marry?
Dr. H, Should Women Marry?
I have lifted this, holus bolus but minus the ads, from MND (so sue me), where a lively intellectual debate is often to be found. I include some commentary, even the terse words of my good friend Amfortas, with whom I sometimes share a fine foreign bevvie of distinction.
I like Dr. Helen. She can be provocative and give us some insights into just how women shrinks think. (Try saying that after a few scotches).
Of course, I have made a comment ot two of my own, scattered throughout in (bracketed italics) and highlighted some aspects in bold.
Ask Dr. Helen: Should Women Get Married?
December 5, 2007 at 3:00 am · Filed under Vox Populi
Dr. Helen Smith's column, Should Men Get Married? caused quite a stir. Now she looks at the other side of the coin - and offers some tips for women on improving the odds of happiness if they do step up to the altar.
By Helen Smith
Columnist and blogger Don Surber emails to make an excellent suggestion:
I will suggest following up your column on "Should men marry?" with "Should women marry?"
I concur--we need equal time for women (or the men who are interested in the topic) to get a chance to let us know if they think that marriage is worth the gamble. If you had asked me in my teens or twenties if women should get married, I would have stated a resounding, "No!" (so we know where she is coming from. Dr. H is a partially reconstructed, ordinary, everyday feminist. P) But now that I am older and wiser and been married over thirteen years, I have to say from my own personal perspective, the answer would be "Yes" but only if your partner is the right person for you, and you understand what you are getting into. (get away! P)
There have been so many mixed messages over the years for women about marriage from feminists and others who, on one hand tell women to make their own decisions and be independent, but when they do want to be married or do something that goes against the grain of gender feminism are told that marriage is a trap and "a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle." This is nonsense.
Missing out on marriage because a bunch of "feminists" told you that it is the right thing to do is silly, and there is a backlash against this type of thinking now with the current crop of girls--the Millennials (those born between 1981-1999)--embracing marriage at a rapid rate. Kay Hymowitz, author of [ame="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1566637090/pajamasmedia-20"]Marriage and Caste in America[/ame] had [ame="http://www.city-journal.org/html/14_2_its_morning.html"]this to say[/ame] about how young girls feel about marriage:
In fact, when it comes to families, this generation is as mushy as a Hallmark card. (Hallmark cards are mushy? Misandrist, I would say. AgitProp. P). A Harris Interactive survey of college seniors found that 81 percent planned to marry (12 percent already had) at a mean age of 28. Ninety-one percent hope to have children—and get this: on average, they’d like to have three.
The 2001 Monitoring the Future survey found 88 percent of male high school seniors and 93 percent of females believing that it is extremely or quite important to have a good marriage and family life. In a survey of college women conducted by the Institute for American Values, 83 percent said, “Being married is a very important goal for me.” Over half of the women surveyed said they would like to meet their husbands in college.
Of course, thinking you want to get married and have three kids is much different from the reality of doing so. Back to the question, "Should women get married?," my answer is that if having a husband (and/or children) is important to a woman,then the answer is "yes" but only if you really have an understanding of what being married entails.
It is not about a big engagement ring that one can show off to friends and family; it is not about a large wedding that makes a woman feel like a princess for a day; and it is not about a meal ticket or a path to a life of leisure. (Not? But you wouldn't think so from the way women typically act, would you? This is shouting into wind. P). It is about sharing one's life with another person, a human being, who has flaws just like you on a day to day basis and sometimes putting their needs ahead of your own. It is hard and not for the faint of heart, the selfish or the fickle. But a happy marriage is well worth the cost, for even the most introverted among us have some longing for connection with another person who cares about one's well-being.
I will close this column with a few tips for women (and yes, there are many tips for men too, but that is another topic for another day) on things I have learned for how to have a happy marriage should you choose to go that route:
1) Encourage your husband to see friends once in a while. Just like you, men need to be with their buddies and have fun. Now, I am not talking here about carousing bars and picking up women or anything. I am talking about going out to have fun with friends, getting a beer and just feeling that he has a life outside the marriage and family. (If she hasn't turned off half of the future plans to marry with this, I'd be surprised. P)
2) Don't call your husband continuously on his cell phone to "check up on him" when he is out with friends or others. I have noticed a negative correlation between how many times a man's cell phone rings when he is with friends and how he feels about his marriage. No one likes to feel they are on a short leash. If a man continuously asks a woman what she is doing, when she is coming home and checks up on her non-stop, we would say he is being controlling. The same holds for women calling men. Again, I am not talking about calling your hubby up to let him know what you need from the store or tell him about an emergency etc., I am talking about calling repeatedly to ask him what he is doing or when he is coming home while he is out with friends or in business situations etc.
3) For goodness sakes, don't write on your blog or on chat boards about the problems you are having with your relationship. I have seen a number of women do this and then wonder why their boyfriend or husband seems huffy or distant. (Distant? DISTANT? Most men I know see this as emotional RAPE. P) If you have a problem, be direct and talk with him about it. Don't spread the information to the world.
4) Finally, just try to treat the guy the way you would like to be treated and treat him like a human being with some compassion and kindness. Expect the same. Repeat as necessary.
So, what do you think, should women get married? If not, why? And if so, anyone have any tips for how women can improve their relationship with their husbands?
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Helen Smith is a psychologist specializing in forensic issues in Knoxville, Tennessee and blogs at drhelen.blogspot.com. This advice column is for educational and entertainment purposes only and does not purport to replace therapy or psychological treatment.
6 Comments »
1. PolishKnight said,
This article is really a no-brainer but it is refreshing to see a columnist remind women that marriage isn't all fun-and-games and parties and expensive diamond baubles. It's certainly a step up from the "women don't need to marry" attitude that women could take men's support for granted.
That said, her advice falls flat. She advises women to marry the "right" man but no advice on what the right man is or how to find him. A good marriage begins BEFORE the couple meets each other. If they're total jerks before they met, it's highly unlikely that they'll change their ways afterwards. (This isn't to say that immature people don't grow up when they get married as many have done so out of necessity.)
December 5, 2007 at 11:48 am
2. wadestar said,
I am astounded that anyone, and especially a 'psychologist', could possibly write a whole column seriously discussing whether a woman should get married and never once, not even a single time, mentioning children. (I know the work you quoted mentioned children but you didn't).
Families, procreating families, the ones that can and do have children, are the cornerstone of our society. If two people don't expect to have children then the whole issue of marriage is almost irrelevant. And, by their choice, they have become almost irrelevant to the society.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that, even though you have been married for 13 years, you don't have children. If you had even a single teenager or older in the house then you would realize that children are the essense of a real marriage.
December 5, 2007 at 11:57 am
3. fourthwire said,
I agree with Polishknight that Dr. Helen's advice is superficially pleasing, but "falls flat" with respect to choosing the right man.
This glaring lack of detail is a point of particular interest since many feminized American women tend to spend quite a bit of time with their ankles back beside their ears enjoying themselves with whomever catches their fancy, biding time with their careers or lack thereof as the case may be until……….
……. they decide that it's time to cash in their chips before it's too late and try to find a "Poindexter" (successful career-oriented man, if perhaps not a "hunk") to marry so that she can deny him most or all of that wild sex that she spent a decade or two enjoying while she gets a lock on a meal-ticket.
The upshot of course is that many of them are waiting a bit too long after gravity takes its toll and the 30- and 40-something women realize that they are competing for a smaller pool of marriageable men - that would be the marriage strike that feminists forgot to mention in their "you can have it all" speeches.
While it would have been nice to see Dr. Helen advise women wisely on choosing prospective husbands, the general rule is that women tend to look for affluence in men that they wish to marry.
I doubt if any advice directing women to do otherwise would even be taken seriously by most, given other societal pressures for women to "get what you grab".
December 5, 2007 at 2:14 pm
4. The Vicar said,
The answer is yes…but not to each other!
December 5, 2007 at 3:25 pm
5. college activist said,
yes, Dr. helen..would you recommend women marry the first solid..("trailor hitch" as Rudov calls them) they can find..or wait it out???
December 5, 2007 at 8:34 pm
6. amfortas said,
Who are women to marry? A Rapist? All men are Rapists, women are told, men are told, the whole friggin' shebang is told. Such 'nonesense' as Dr H (a nice lady I am sure) calls it was spouted by a friggin' Professor. A woman of course. And, frankly, there is no mixed message there. Perfectly straight.
And for what? To be a housewife? Horrors. That's slavery, women are told, men are told. Leg irons attached to the stove. Remember stoves?
And why? Hormones? Desires? Delusions, the Feminists say.
"Missing out on marriage because a bunch of "feminists" told you", may well be the start of a new paragraph but as any housewife will tell you, when you grind shit into a pristine carpet there has to be a hell of a lot of scrubbing to do to repair the damage and Dr H hasn't reached for the soap. Nor have all too many women who are idly content with the stain in the middle of the room.
You can't miss the stain nor the pile of shit. It's right behind the friggin' Elephant.
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Re: Dr. H, Should Women Marry?
How many women are worth marrying?
Less than 1%..
Most are slags..
Most are nags..
Most are fat..
Most are selfish..
Most are over 30..
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