The ‘science’ of gender roles

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Pew Research Center published an interesting report this week noting that women are now the sole or primary source of family income in 40% of U.S. households with children – a record high. As Emily Arrowood explained, Fox host Lou Dobbs and his all-male panel of guests did not take the news well.

The clip has to be seen to be believed, but for those who can’t watch clips online, Dobbs said the Pew report is evidence of “society dissolving around us.” Juan Williams said the more women become the “primary bread winner,” the more we see “the disintegration of marriage.” He added, “Left, right, I don’t see how you can argue this.”

Erick Erickson went even further:

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

Erickson added that “reality” tells us that “having mom as the primary breadwinner is bad for kids.” This, Erickson concluded, is “a war on women.”

The third male panelist – there were no women guests on the program – was Fox’s Doug Schoen, who described this “a catastrophic issue” that “could undermine our social order.”

Just so we’re clear, this discussion, if we can call it that, took place yesterday, not in 1953.

There will come a point in the not-too-distant future when women are the sole or primary source of family income in half of American households. And when that happens, Dobbs may want to have fainting couches onto his Fox set, just in case any of his male guests start to have the vapors.

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The 'science' of gender roles

Updated