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2006-01-04 17:01:23.651554+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

So speaking of the difficulty of claims and statistics, Women's pages: Next time you read about 'what women want,' check the research -- it's likely to be flimsy is a short article talking about how hacks like Maureen Dowd use incomplete studies and misleading under-researched statistics to sell papers.

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#Comment Re: made: 2006-01-04 18:33:45.51566+00 by: mvandewettering

One of the things that Dowd seems to imply is the rather strange notion that because women with less academic achievement get married at a greater rate (although that rate is shrinking) that represents some sort of problem for women who are educated. I suspect that the less well-educated you are, the more likely you are to marry simply out of economic necessity, rather than (forgive my sappiness) for love and the desire to have a family with your chosen life partner. There are worse things than being single, and for many women the worse thing is to be married.