"Rules" Author files for Divorce
And they say there's no
Woman who wrote 'The Rules' for a
happy marriage files for divorce
By Philip Delves Broughton in New
ONE of the authors of The Rules, the best-selling book of
advice for women seeking a husband, is to divorce.
made the announcement on the eve of her latest book Rules III -
subtitled "Time-tested secrets for making your marriage work" -
being released. Hundreds of advance copies have been sent out trumpeting
the happy state of Ms Fein's marriage and that of her co-author,
The publisher AOL Time Warner is now rushing
out a new cover. The original said: "Ellen and Sherrie, two
long-time married women themselves, know that just because you've
married the man of your dreams doesn't mean your work has ended;
good marriages don't happen by accident." It contains a chapter
on divorce that claims: "It is easier to stay married than get
The original Rules, published in 1996, was a
social phenomenon, earning the wrath of feminists. The book argued that
modern women had to relearn the art of playing hard to get and suggested
using egg-timers to limit conversations with suitors to 10 minutes.
If you were to just reduce substance from your conversation
to an absolute minimum, that would eliminate the need for an egg-timer.
*Ahem* -"The Rules, IV"
Men should be
put through a series of challenges to test both their gallantry and
willingness to commit to a relationship. Women were advised to be
neither too funny nor too clever, but to retain an air of mystery.
Sure. If I want to bored for the rest of my life.
Plastic surgery was suggested for those with unsightly noses.
And how about a boob job, as well? Men find that attractive.
I'm sure a guy who falls in love with the long-haired, mysterious,
prosthetic you would never trade you in for a younger model when the
mystery wears off, or menopause kicks in.
How insulting is this
to men, by the way, who are assumed to be the shallowest, most easily
manipulated creatures imaginable?
popularity soared when it was reported that Princess Diana had read
Oh, yeah. We all know, a happier marriage than
Princess Di's, there wasn't.
As the authors
toured the talk shows, they boasted of their own happy marriages. They
claimed that a woman who followed The Rules "will have one of those
made-in-heaven marriages. A Rules marriage is forever".
the Oprah Winfrey Show in 1996, Ms Fein told a feminist critic whose
first marriage had failed that, as a divorcee, she was in no position to
I just love it when history bites
pontificators in the ass, eviscerating their hindquarters with their own
In The Rules III, Ms
Fein and Ms Schneider claim that for a marriage to succeed, women must
be subservient to their husbands and not bother them with daily woes.
They also recommend that wives grow their hair, as men find that more
Not attractive enough to keep a middle-aged
pharmacist interested, apparently! (Hey, live by the sword, die by
Ms Fein, 43, told her publishers
earlier this year that she had filed for divorce from Paul Feingertz, a
pharmacist to whom she had been married for 16 years, citing
abandonment. She had hoped to rebuild her marriage.
can't wait to read HIS book.
Read another biting article, Could we discuss this later, honey? - by Annie Kingston at the Nationa Post
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