That liberal, feminist columnist Maureen Dowd has the top spot again on the NY Times' most emailed list. The attraction to her column, titled "An Ideal Husband," can only mean that women feel they are missing something in the opposite sex, or are perhaps interested to know if something's missing.

Dowd doesn't actually write much of anything new in this column. Instead, she just runs quotes from Father Pat Connor, a 79-year-old Catholic priest who has given the lecture "Whom Not to Marry" for the past 40 years. Some excerpts:

  • "Never marry a man who has no friends. This usually means that he will be incapable of the intimacy that marriage demands..."
  • "Steer clear of someone whose life you can run, who never makes demands counter to yours. It’s good to have a doormat in the home, but not if it’s your husband."
  • "Does he have a sense of humor? That covers a multitude of sins..."

Considering the qualifications presented by Connor, I don't think there's such a shortage of men women should want to snag (Case in point: Me), but rather women need help identifying these men (Read: Smart dating). Unfortunately, they won't find much more guidance from the column.

That's the typical hook for any article (Read: catalogs, US Weekly, Maureen Dowd advice columns, etc.) targeting women: Show women what they want (clothes, body, men), but never how to attain. Got to keep up readership, right?