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White Guy has a Sexist Freak Out; Reasonable Woman Wins the Day

White Guy has a Sexist Freak Out; Reasonable Woman Wins the Day

Recently, Pew Research issued a report stating that women are now the primary breadwinners in 40 percent of households with children in the United States. This apparently means the apocalypse is just around the corner. Because if you’re a white dude on Fox News, any progress toward the equality of men and women necessarily means that all men are going to be corralled into pens, only to be brought out once a year for breeding. Or something.

Fox News contributor Erick Erickson finds this development particularly distressing.

“I’m so used to liberals telling conservatives that they’re anti-science,” Erickson explained. “But liberals who defend this and say it is not a bad thing are very anti-science. When you look at biology, when you look at the natural world, the roles of a male and a female in society and in other animals, the male typically is the dominant role. The female, it’s not antithesis, or it’s not competing, it’s a complementary role.”

It’s science! Look, male animals are dominant, humans are animals, ergo human males are dominant over human females. CHECK MATE, LIBERALS.

First, pardon me while I indulge in an epic eyeroll.

Second, what do we mean by “dominant?” Sure, it’s true that most female animals lay eggs or give birth to baby animals, but that doesn’t mean the female animal is being submissive. Some male animals don’t stick around for the raising of the offspring. Where is the outrage over single mothers in the animal kingdom!

I think most people who have a functioning brain can tell that this line of reasoning is bunkum. Male animals, where they are “dominant” are so because of shear, sinewy power. What’s more disturbing about this isn’t that the argument is bad. I think we’re used to that coming from Fox News at this point. No, the real problem is Erickson’s insistence that this is a problem with liberals.

Check out this sentence:

“But liberals who defend this and say it is not a bad thing are very anti-science.”

I pulled that from the quote above. Apparently, equality of men and women is a concept so antithetical to the conservative ideology that Erickson felt no need to include them in his condemnation. I don’t think the Republican party should be asking how they can get more women to vote for them. If this is any indication of how the GOP feels about the female gender, the real question is why any women vote for them at all.

Enter Megyn Kelly.

Kelly invited Erickson and Lou Dobbs, on whose program Erickson’s comments were made, onto her show to discuss all the sad misogyny tears. And, boy, does she bring it.

“What makes you dominant and me submissive, and who died and made you scientist in chief?”

Oh snap.

And she wasn’t done. She refuted claims that children of heterosexual couples have better life outcomes and produced a list of scientific studies that counter Erickson’s statements of “fact” that women who don’t stay at home cause problems for their children. You just need to see it all, because it’s one of the most amazing slams I’ve ever seen.

(By the way, Megyn. I don’t know you, but I think you might be a feminist. Watch yourself. I’m not sure how Fox will take it.)

 

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7:53PM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

Why hate when yo can love?

Why split when you can unite?

All this talk of who is superior to who drives me nuts!

Everyone of us go through existence with the same basic needs and no one should profit from anything if it means taking it from someone else.

That applies to men, women, straights, LGBT, children, animals and nature!

So ENOUGH with the "I'm better than you shit" because NO ONE is!


Everyone on the planet would be better if we could send these "undesirably superior dimwits" on a one-way trip to the confines of the galaxy!

7:45AM PDT on Jun 12, 2013

My husband was raised by his father, and I do think it made him an awesome man. I sometimes wonder if being raised by his father gave him a great role model so that he understands that washing dishes or taking our kids to the park is a normal part of being a parent. Maybe my husband would have acted this way regardless, but I certainly don't think that having his father raise him meant he was worse off than someone whose mother was home. I am glad Megyn Kelly brought up the actual scientific research.

5:32AM PDT on Jun 9, 2013

I love Megyn Kelly!

7:37PM PDT on Jun 8, 2013

If "children do better when father is away bringing home the bacon" (according to Erickson), the father must be a destructive influence in the household.

If "boys are more affected by divorce/family unit disruption" (according to Dobbs) boys must be weaker than girls.

If their statements were true (which they are not), that only proves men are not worth their salt, & certainly not suited to be dominant.

5:55PM PDT on Jun 8, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

9:04AM PDT on Jun 8, 2013

Good for Megyn Kelly. We need more women in a position to speak up against our cultural misogyny

8:09AM PDT on Jun 8, 2013

The GOP should go back to caves!

8:07AM PDT on Jun 8, 2013

thank you

9:01AM PDT on Jun 7, 2013

I love that Lou Dobbs ends with spontaneously congratulating himself "I think I've done pretty well". That says so much about him

6:34AM PDT on Jun 7, 2013

Noted..

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