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?”
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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