We always thought that the plethora of wedding announcements in the New York Times featuring brides who "until recently" held jobs was evidence of the powerful parry and thrust between male Manhattan investment bankers and the female public and private school teachers who know how to love them. The equation was easy: Well-meaning gal meets gazillionaire Prince Charming, and voila! All ambition to teach the ABC's goes right out the window, along with those worn-down Nine West leather pumps.
But no. No, no, no. Salon reports that, according to Daily Telegraph writer Tara Winter Wilson, these public-school teachers of yore/manicured mommies of tomorrow are more than just trophy wives. They're toxic wives.
Wilson describes a Toxic Wife (TW!) thusly:
"She is the woman who gives up work as soon as she marries, ostensibly to create a stable home environment for any children that might come along, but who then employs large numbers of staff to do all the domestic work she promised to undertake, leaving her with little to do all day except shop, lunch, luxuriate. Believe me, there is no shortage of the breed and I've been inundated with horror tales about them."
Us too! But how can an innocent investment banker or Wharton grad protect himself from falling into what Wilson calls This Deadly Honey Trap?
In this iteration of her piece, Wilson offers a handy guide to identifying potential toxic wives, including tips like: "She will choose the most expensive item on the menu or the most expensive drink." And: "Even though she may have an impressive job, her main asset is sex. She will come on in a highly provocative manner, be wearing lots of make-up and revealing clothes. Potential toxic wives are extremely clever. Do not equate intelligence with emotional values and worth."
Maybe it's just us, but this sounds more like a description of 80% of the men at Goldman Sachs.
Toxic Wife Syndrome [Salon]