A Fox News columnist is advising women to be "nice" to men amid sexual harassment and payoff scandals at the cable news channel.
Suzanne Venker, "known for her provocative views on men, women, work [and] family," according to her Fox News bio, wrote an article on the news outlet's website on May 11 entitled, "Most men just want a woman who's nice:"
At the end of the day, most men just want a woman who’s nice. "Nice," to a man, means being soft, gentle and kind. It means asking your husband how his day was and really listening. It means doing something nice for him with no expectation of getting something in return -- you know, the way you did when you were dating...
...A lot of women think they’re nice because they act nice. But acting nice and being nice are two different things. Being nice means you think of others before you think about yourself. (And yes, there’s such thing as being too nice and putting your needs last; but I’m not talking about that.) It means you’re attune to the needs of others and incorporate those needs into the equation...
...Most husbands have no desire to lord over their wives, but they don’t want to fight with them either. All they want is peace. And the nicer you are, the more likely they are to find it.
Fox News' parent company 21st Century Fox has paid out $45 million in settlements for sexual harassment accusations against former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, per a quarterly report filed on May 10, according to HuffPost.
In the report, 21st Century Fox said the money was "related to settlements of pending and potential litigations following the July 2016 resignation of the Chairman and CEO of Fox News Channel after a public complaint was filed containing allegations of sexual harassment."
Multiple sexual harassment accusations led to the ouster of Ailes and Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, who both denied the allegations. O’Reilly reportedly left the cable channel with a $25 million settlement, while Ailes reportedly received up to $40 million when he exited.
Fox News executive Bill Shine, who took over after Ailes left, resigned on May 1 after being accused of participating in a cover-up of sexual harassment incidents.
Judd Burstein, a lawyer representing former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros in a lawsuit against Fox News and Ailes, informed the New York Daily News in February: "I was told by the U.S. attorney’s office there is an ongoing criminal investigation, relating to these allegations, all of these allegations."
Venker, who is the niece of the late conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly, advised women to be "more compliant and less dictatorial" during an appearance on "Fox and Friends" in February, notes Media Matters for America:
The husband needs from the woman softness instead of hardness. So happiness instead of anger. Being more compliant and less dictatorial. Basically not telling him what to do. I don't know how else to put it...
...Men are so simple to love. All they want is sex, companionship and respect. And women are so complicated that they need a whole lot more. But they don't realize how easy it is if you tap into that femininity to get that man to be more receptive to what you want.