Flirting Your Way to the Top; More Women Cohabitating Than Marrying


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Seducing The Boys Club (New York Post)

According to a lawsuit reported on by the New York Post, female employees at Merrill Lynch’s main branch in Manhattan were instructed by a male branch manager to read a book called Seducing The Boys Club: Uncensored Tactics From a Woman at the Top. The book urges corporate women to flatter the male ego and manipulate their male colleagues and higher ups to gain favor in the workplace, not to mention flirt to get ahead. The female employees were also forced to meet with the book’s author to get tips on how batting their eyelashes and flipping their hair can help them climb the corporate ladder. Forget about hard work and tenacity. Nothing beats feminine wiles for women who want to become the next Sheryl Sandberg. Who knew?

More Women Living Together Than Marrying (Black Doctor)

Is marriage dead? A new study by the National Center for Health Statistics suggests the practice may be on its way out. It found that almost half of women between the ages of 15 and 44 were living with their significant other rather than with a spouse from 2006 to 2010. Women are cohabitating at awfully young ages too. The study found that a quarter of women had cohabitated by age 20 and that 75 percent of women had by age 30. About 20 percent of women who cohabitated wound up pregnant during the first year of living with a significant other. So how likely are women who shack up, as the old folks say, to go on and tie the knot? Within three years roughly 40 percent of cohabitating couples marched down the aisle, but 32 percent continued to live together and 27 percent called it quits. Education seems to influence how likely a woman who cohabitates is to get married. Fifty-three percent of more educated women who cohabitate eventually get a ring on it, while only 30 percent of less educated women do.

Huma Abedin Under Fire (New Yorker

Why is Huma Abedin facing a backlash? After all, it was her husband, former congressman Anthony Weiner, who disgraced himself by sending pictures of his nether regions to women he met online. Abedin stood by his side when the first scandal broke, but now that Weiner, who’s running for mayor of New York City, is involved in a sexting scandal the public is questioning why Abedin hasn’t left Weiner yet. The New York Post even ran a headline asking of Abedin: “What’s Wrong With You?” The truth of the matter is that we don’t know the nature of Abedin’s marriage to Weiner. The New Yorker sums up the situation this way:

“We must allow at least the possibility that Weiner is an online sex addict, still struggling, whose shortcomings and ongoing challenges have been accepted by his wife. Perhaps Abedin has come to terms with this imperfection, and agreed to let him go on with the sexts through the duration of another pregnancy. Or perhaps he’s through with trying to change, and is simply allowed, in his marriage, to use the Internet, as so many millions do, for fetishism and fantasy, so long as he never touches another woman? Or what if he and his wife have—gasp—an open marriage? Or even a marriage for show?”

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