During a Wednesday night discussion on Fox News, Republican columnist Erick Erickson said it was natural for men to assume the “dominant role” in relationships and that women being the primary earners in relationships is “hurting our children, and it’s going to have impact for generations.”
Erickson, who joined Fox for the segment to respond to news that a record number of families now rely on women’s incomes, stood by his comments Thursday, tweeting, “Husbands and wives should play complimentary roles w/ dad as breadwinner.”
He later posted a blog on his website Red State – a self-described leading conservative, political news blog for right of center activists.
He began the article by stating, “many feminists and emo lefties have their panties in a wad over my statements in the past 24 hours about families.” Another passage from the article reads,
“In modern society we are not supposed to say such things about child rearing and families. In modern society we are not supposed to point out that children in a two-parent heterosexual nuclear household have a better chance at long term success in life than others. In modern society, we are supposed to applaud feminists who teach women they can have it all — that there is no gender identifying role and women can fulfill the role of husbands and fathers just as men do.[...]
Feminists and politicians on both sides of the aisle view these statements as insulting to single moms and antithetical to their support for gay marriage.What should be insulting to single moms is for society to tell them they can do it all and, in fact, will subsidize their doing it all. I know a number of wonderful, nurturing single mothers. They do as best they can. Most of them have wonderful children. But not one of them prefers to be a single mother.[...]”
Despite the recent outburst, this isn’t the first time Erickson has raised eyebrows over sexist remarks.
Last year, the CNN contributor referred to an all-female lineup of speakers at the Democratic National Convention as “The Vagina Monologues” – a comment that ultimately prompted over 100,000 people to call on CNN to fire him.