What women want: Who cares? (Part VIII)

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I keep getting requests for these articles, so here’s the next installment.

More Sleep

Marina Pisano writes, “Young women need it. Middle-age women crave it. Older women have a dim recollection of it. Nearly three out of four women, ages 30 to 60, are not getting eight hours or more of sleep per night during the workweek, according to a National Sleep Foundation survey. Almost three out of four mothers working outside the home report they feel tired all the time. ‘It’s a serious problem, and it’s getting worse,’ said Suzanne Griffin, a psychiatrist at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. ‘I think it’s accurate to say it’s an epidemic.’”

Clean Dishes

From NBC5.com: “Men who want to get it on after dinner might consider loading the dishwasher first. According to research published in Men’s Health magazine, University of California researchers say that when men participate in housework, it makes their wives feel more loved and more like equals. That, researchers say, increases a woman’s interest in sex. Of course, champagne, roses and chocolate remain good ideas for seduction.”

Fewer Choices

From Florida Today: “Cecelia Shepherd believes the key to a successful life is not just making choices, but making quality choices. ‘As women chose, some may need to re-evaluate their choices,’ said Shepherd, 40. ‘As time goes by, your needs differ and priorities change.’ That’s what happened in her case. Shepherd worked in pharmaceutical sales after the birth of Alison, 10, and Britney, 4. But a year ago, she became a stay-at-home mom.

“Having to constantly choose between her career and family became demanding, and overwhelming. ‘There were too many choices,’ Shepherd said. ‘I didn’t feel I could do both. I had to ask myself, ‘Do I want to go to a school function or go to a function at work?’ So she shuffled around her priorities. But just when women think they have their minds made up, something else changes that makes them reconsider options. ‘The good thing about having choices is that nobody is telling you what to do,’ Shepherd said. ‘But the downside is that when you have so many choices, there is no happy medium.’”

Smaller Feet

Andrew Buncombe writes, “In a world where shoes can equal sex appeal, women’s feet have become the latest front in the battle for bodily perfection. Doctors in America say increasing numbers of women are paying thousands of dollars to go under the knife in order to get the perfect pair of feet – or at least the sort of feet that will slip into a pair of high-end, designer shoes. Breast implants? Forget it. Nose job? Been there. Shortening one’s toes to fit into a killer pair of Manolo Blahnik slingbacks? Sure, why not?

“Spurred by advertising and product placement on shows such as Sex in the City, doctors say women are increasingly being sold on the idea of beautiful but painful high-heeled footwear, as often as not designed by men who would not dream of torturing their feet in such a manner. The result is often very harmful. More than half of the 175 members of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society who took part in a recent survey said that they had treated patients for problems resulting from cosmetic foot surgery. The society is poised to issue a statement condemning such surgery.

“Dr Sharon Dreeben, an orthopaedic surgeon from La Jolla, California, and chairwoman of the society’s public education committee, said: ‘I think it’s reprehensible for a physician to correct someone’s feet so that they can get into a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes.’

“Dr Suzanne Levine is happy to perform surgery on women who want to be able to get their feet into Choo’s shoes. Levine, a podiatrist who has been featured in many women’s magazines, said critics of such surgery failed to understand the importance some women attached to wearing high heels. ‘Some of these women invest more in their shoes than they do in the stock market,’ she told the New York Times. ‘Take your average woman and give her heels instead of flats and she’ll suddenly get wolf whistles on the street. I do everything I can to get them back into their shoes.’

“The cosmetic surgery is not cheap. At her clinic, the Institute Beaute, Ms Levine charges $2500 to shorten a toe and $500 for a collagen injection into the ball of the foot to restore padding lost from years of wearing high heels. Demand for such surgery has risen by 40 per cent over the past three years. ‘These women come in and they say, ‘I just came from my other podiatrist who told me to stop wearing high heels and I don’t want to do that.’”

Men with Career Development Potential

From China Daily: “In a world that abounds with opportunities, women say an ideal husband should boast career development potential and preferably a decent income, but not necessarily very high academic qualifications.

“Psychologists with the elite Peking University have found that a man’s schooling does not matter as much to young women as it did in the 1980s, as most women believe that a man with potential makes a better partner, regardless of his education. Professor Qian Mingyi and colleagues made a comparative study recently on classified ads put up by ‘lonely heart women’ in ‘Women of China’ between 1985 and 2000.

“Some 73 per cent of the women who posted ads in 1985 said explicitly they wanted to marry men with higher education, whereas only 29 per cent said the same in 2000. In 2000, 65 per cent of the women expected potential partners to be successful in their career, compared to 42 per cent in 1985. This change in expectations, according to Qian, shows that high qualifications do not necessarily guarantee good pay and career success.”


This installment indicates that women, as a group, want more sleep, clean dishes, fewer choices, smaller feet, and men with career potential — plus a decent income.

will easily solve all of these problems. Once a woman snares a wealthy man, the rest is easy. Then she doesn’t have to work and sleep will be plentiful. Ditto for being able to afford a maid to load the dishwasher for her. It will also give her plenty of free time to go shopping — for designer shoes.

Since cosmetic surgery is fairly expensive, the best way to achieve smaller feet is to get someone else to pay for it. A wealthy man comes in handy in this regard because some designer heels cost $600 a pair — once your feet are small enough to fit into them.

Finally, marrying for money greatly increases the number of available choices, which complicates things since making quality choices is apparently a problem for many women. Not to worry because after buying her new BMW, replacing her entire wardrobe, enjoying several lavish vacations, investing heavily in cosmetic surgery, cornering the market in shoes, and living the good life for 5-10 years, she will make her next choice.

The gold digger will then divorce her wealthy husband, knowing that she will get the house, the car, the kids, alimony, tax-free child support, the income tax exemptions, the mortgage deduction, and head of household filing status — plus her husband will be forced to pay for her attorney. Then she can do it all over again, if she so chooses.

Granted, some women will never marry, and some won’t marry up, but does anyone seriously believe that the husbands of gold diggers care what they want?

Related Articles:

What Women Want: Who Cares?
What Women Want: Who Cares? (Part II)
What Women Want: Who Cares? (Part III)
What Women Want: Who Cares? (Part IV)
What Women Want: Who Cares? (Part V)
What Women Want: Who Cares? (Part VI)

What Women Want: Who Cares? (Part VII)

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