A panel of all-male Fox News experts recently freaked out in a Socratic gem of a segment explaining that female breadwinners are ruining society as we know it. The discussion was spurred by a recent Pew Research Report showing that 40 percent of American mothers are now part or sole breadwinners in their family.
Resident “liberal” Juan Williams explains:
What we’re seeing with four out of 10 families, now the woman is the primary breadwinner. You’re seeing the disintegration of marriage, you’re seeing men who were hard hit by the economic recession in ways that women weren’t. But you’re seeing, I think, systemically, larger than the political stories that we follow every day, something going terribly wrong in American society, and it’s hurting our children, and it’s going to have impact for generations to come.
Ever the voice of scientific reason, Erick Erickson adds on:
When you look at biology, look at the natural world, the roles of a male and female in society, and the other animals, the male typically is the dominant role. The female, it’s not antithesis, or it’s not competing, it’s a complimentary role. We as people in a smart society have lost the ability to have complimentary relationships in nuclear families, and it’s tearing us apart.
The Men of Fox News, despite their incredibly outdated theories that even their mothers would reject, believe the business world is no place for women. After all, when men dominated the workplace, women were never mistreated, never abused, and those strong-willed, intelligent men always, always voted on behalf of female interests before that pesky 19th amendment came along. In fact, the phrase “sexual harassment” hadn’t even been coined, because there was no need for women to protect themselves against such good care their doting husbands took of them.
Villagers in Africa have the right idea, according to these men, who believe the rightful place for women ought to be at home child-rearing. There, women have no need for education or any political clout because men, ever the strong and protective heads of households, take wife after wife as they please, impregnating several women at a time, and abandoning them whenever they please so those same women to fend for their own, uneducated selves. Sure, this reasoning may be a bit far-fetched from what the Men of Fox News actually meant, but it is jarringly similar to the line of reasoning these same men make, explaining that same-sex marriage will undoubtedly open the door to human-animal marriage.
Society has advanced and changed, as difficult as it is for these men to swallow, which is, and always has been, a good thing. The 1950s may have been a hallmark of all-American values for these men, but since then, we’ve figured out that seatbelts save lives, and smoking causes cancer, and that interracial marriage and discrimination based on race, sex or religion shouldn’t be legal.
Working women has long been the centerpiece of women’s empowerment and advancement. And an answer (among many others) to why women entered the workforce in the first place can be seen if these men actually look in the mirror.
But for future reference, they’d be able to achieve a little more credibility when spouting off their ideas about women if they actually had a woman present. And no, Ann Coulter doesn’t count.