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Oh my god, I’m going to be sick.

July 5th, 2007     by Stacey May Fowles     Comments

The July issue of ten year old Money Magazine and has actually published an article called “How to Marry a Billionaire.” Now considering on 36 of the world’s 946 billionaires are women, you know exactly who they’re talking to. Since when is Money Magazine in the interest of teaching women to marry rich instead of starting their own business, investing wisely and being empowered by their own means?

“Marrying a billionaire is not beyond your grasp, as long as you’re willing to work hard toward your goal. (Yes, hard work - albeit of a different kind - is still a requisite for achieving wealth.)”

The article is disturbing on so many levels, most likely because the venue for it seems so wrong. Money Magazine offering a quiz on “Are you the right match for a billionaire?” It encourages you to volunteer for chartible organizations in order to meet marriable rich people, become interested in art because rich people like art, get educated because rich people like smart girls, and when you can’t get your hands on a billionaire- well, go after their kids:

“The scions of billionaires are also numerous. While marrying less pecunious offspring may look like you’re just making do, it’s not a bad deal (and think about the scads they’ll inherit).”

I’m sorry, did I just get in a time machine? Did Money Magazine become Cosmo? Worse than Cosmo? Does anyone else feel sick?

If you really want to bring on the disgust, watch this video on NBC with Money Magazine’s Financial Editor Jean Chatzky. She says brilliant things like “most billionaires just happen to be men” and then basically gives you a lesson in marrying rich, while saying “not that I would encourage son our daughter to do that” because “people who have the money have the power…”

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