With a new study showing that about 40% of women are the primary earners in their households (about 2/3 of those are single mothers; 37% of them, or about 15% overall, earn more than the adult male in the household), the anti-feminist right is freaking the hell out. Perhaps the most amusingly ignorant response is from Erick Erickson on Fox News.
Fox News contributor Erick Erickson went one step further, saying nature itself commanded that women be subservient to men.
“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.”
“We as people in a smart society have lost the ability to have complimentary relationships in nuclear families, and it is tearing us apart,” he continued, adding that “reality showed” it was harmful for women to be the primary source of income in a family.
Fox News contributor Doug Schoen concluded the freak out by claiming all these so-called breadwinner moms “could undermine our social order.”
Yes, yes, yes. Has there ever been a progressive advance that was not alleged to “undermine our social order”? And why would that be a bad thing? The social order is messed up; I’d say it needs to be undermined.