Here's an interesting editorial by Kathleen Parker, disputing Maureen Dowd's assertion that men find women less desirable as they become more successful.
I think Dowd is doing what too many people do: Inventing crazy theories to suit their own prejudices. Sure, some men may be intimidated by more successful women but, in my experience, not most.
In my 41 years I've dated a plethora of women. One of them was a Torontonian teacher named Mary C. She was absolutely stunning, with deep green eyes that would tame even the wildest caveman. But soon after we got together she started saying some "interesting" things such as:
- "Women" is a derogatory term because it's a derviation of "men". The correct spelling should be "Womyn".
- The term "lady" is derogatory and should never be used.
We soon parted ways, with her getting involved with a guy who treated her like crap (her words).
Another time I was told to F-off by a woman I opened a door for. "Do you think I'm helpless?!", she exclaimed to me.
I later related these stories to a psychologist friend of mine. With little pause he said, "Just because you're a feminist doesn't prevent you from being an asshole!"