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Should You Marry that Rude, Stinky, Creepy Person Since You're Not Perfect Either?

04/07/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Once upon a time, a reporter for a major magazine declared, in all seriousness, that women should just get married already - even if it means settling for someone kind of repulsive. I wish I could say that it happened back in the Stone Age. In fact, though, the insolent story was published by Lori Gottlieb in the Atlantic magazine in 2008.

This week, Gottlieb's regressive singlist, matrimaniacal essay, in expanded form as a book, appeared in print. To mark the occasion, I revisited the spirited exchange I had with Gottlieb here at the Huffington Post when the Atlantic article first appeared, and shared it with Psychology Today readers of my Living Single blog. You can read that post, which includes excerpts from the exchange and links to all of the other relevant posts, here.

Gottlieb's response to me seems to reveal her utter contemptuousness toward women who like their single lives. Six examples of her disparaging view of singles, taken directly from her own words, are in section III of that post. Take a look, then consider this question: If you are a single woman, would you want advice from Lori Gottlieb?