Hanna Rosin, author of The End of Men: And the Rise of Women, has written a delightfully snarky response to that article on the Fox News website by Suzanne Venker, Phyllis Schlafly’s niece, claiming that women have to go back to being women again (when did they stop?) so men can be men again. Or something.
I am angry. I am angry and resentful. I am angry and defensive and resentful and men do not find that attractive. The worst part is, I did not even know that until I read it in a FOX news story called “The War on Men” written by Suzanne Venker, niece of and frequent collaborator with Phyllis Schlafly. This story has been very popular on the site for many days because it explains so much, so many dynamics that Schlafly tried to make us understand during the course of her long and patient career but which apparently are even more true today…
Unfortunately, Venker is somewhat enigmatic about how to reverse this problem, beyond a few vague clues. Women, she says, “have the power to turn everything around” (Duh, of course, we have ALL the power). “All they have to do is surrender to their nature – their femininity – and let men surrender to theirs.” Surrender to my femininity. Surrender to my femininity. I get the general idea but what does it mean, like, in practice? Not wear pants so much? Let my hair grow. Ask my boss to pay me a little less? Open to ideas.
Clearly she needs to pray about it.