Don't Panic!

Commenter Lee writes:


As a 30 year old woman with many female friends in their 20s, I really don't think Ms. Gottlieb's experience is typical. There are probably some women who could benefit from her advice, but I haven't met many... OK, ANY young women whose problem is that they aren't sufficiently panicked about getting married before they are "past their expiration date" and are therefore too picky about their dating prospects. I'm sure there are some out there who could benefit from this book, but I'd hardly call this a problem of epidemic proportions.

This is a good point.  But I don't take Gottlieb's point to be that women should panic more.  Rather, she seems to be saying that women should be more practical--more willing to compromise on issues that won't matter so much in the long term, like hairlines, waistlines, and the feeling that you want to spend the rest of your life walking hand-in-hand through Venice.  As I say, I'm not sure I endorse this view, but it's probably worth thinking about.
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Megan McArdle is a columnist at Bloomberg View and a former senior editor at The Atlantic. Her new book is The Up Side of Down.

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