‘Listen up ladies’: Fox News kids off New Year with absurdly sexist advice for ‘catering to your man’
Not that anything said on Faux New is at all legitimate… but it’s continually perplexing how anyone could think that advice like this, structured in this manner, directed as it is, could be construed as something that is okay to say – especially to a huge audience. Especially in a day and age when “wife” so frequently means so much more than stay-at-home domestic partner and women are frequently carrying more than their weight in family responsibilities. The only way I can think to show how ridiculous this stuff sounds is to change the pronouns:
Yeah, I do want to be a better husband.
When she gets her ego stroked, she’ll be more inclined to love you more.
One way a man could stroke a woman’s ego would be to “prepare her meals, draw her a bath and massage her feet every now and then.
Of course a healthy relationship is one that involves both partners taking care of each other without expecting anything in return because they love each other, as Earhardt points out. But women are always the ones on the receiving end of advice like this, bearing the brunt of keeping her partner happy and the relationship going. That’s not how real relationships work.
“Why should women be paid equal to men? Men have been in the working world a lot longer and deserve to be paid at a higher rate. Heck, I’m a working mom and I’m not paid a dime. I depend on my husband to provide for me and my family, as should most women… and if a woman does work, she should be happy just to be out there in the working world and quit complaining that she’s not making as much as her male counterparts. I mean really, all this wanting to be equal nonsense is going to be detrimental to the future of women everywhere. Who’s going to want to hire a woman, or for that matter, even marry a woman who thinks she is the same, if not better than a man at any job. It’s almost laughable. C’mon now ladies, are you with me on this?”
This quote and article are viral on Facebook right now, with people swinging from utter shock to staunch anger. Shock over the ignorance of the quote and anger over the injustice of it being used to slander Ann Romney. There’s controversy over whether she actually said this, but my thinking is that it doesn’t matter. Even if her words weren’t these, her and her husband’s sentiment is in line with this thinking. Romney is the current embodiment of the war against women, and if he is elected, we will get a return to the 50s.