Love it or hate it, it's Valentine's Day and that means, ladies, it's time to find yourself a husband. That's the word from Susan Patton at the Wall Street Journal, who notes you're probably spending much too much time on your career and not nearly enough on finding a man. After all, "you're not getting any younger, but the competition for the men you'd be interested in marrying most definitely is," she writes. And hey, if you start trying to fetch a man in your 30s, you'll be battling women in their 20s, and "that's not a competition in which you're likely to fare well. If you want to have children, your biological clock will be ticking loud enough to ward off any potential suitors."
Here's what to do: Find Mr. Right in college, then it's easy. Just don't have casual sex since "men won't buy the cow if the milk is free," Patton writes. If you don't snag a man in college, keep in touch with the smart guys anyway. "They'll probably do very well for themselves, and their desirability will only increase after graduation." But whoops, that poses a problem as "men who are as well-educated as you are often interested in younger, less challenging women." Sure, you could marry down, but forget about earning more than your husband. "Very few men have egos that can endure what they will see as a form of emasculation." Need more, um, advice? Check out Patton's full column. (Read more Susan Patton stories.)