"The War on Men" and Fox News' War on Feminism
I know whenever I see someone has shared an article or video from Fox News I’ll be getting righteously indignant.
In this latest gem, "The War on Men", writer Suzanne Venker gives forth her opinion on why there’s such a drought of marriageable men. The way she talks, you’d think this was a serious problem. I for one hadn’t noticed.
Now, for Venker’s sake, I’ll put forth the disclaimer that this was her opinion. It was in the opinion section, so props to Fox News for getting something right. But there is a difference between sharing an opinion, and pushing forth an agenda and ideals that aren’t right for everyone.
Venker goes on to say that women are having such a hard time finding “a good man” because they aren’t fitting their roles anymore. Apparently, after the women’s feminist revolution and all that, women got off their pedestals and bullied men off of theirs. Now men don’t know what to do. Makes the women sound rather spiteful, and the men like lost puppy dogs, doesn’t it?
This is all because women are angry and “they’ve been raised to see men as the enemy.”
The article ends on this happy note, and this is where I really got frustrated: “Fortunately, there is good news: women have the power to turn everything around. All they have to do is surrender to their nature – their femininity – and let men surrender to theirs.
If they do, marriageable men will come out of the woodwork.”
Of course this nonsense translates to something more like this in my mind: “If women don’t succumb to 1950s ideals of womanhood, say goodbye to getting a man--the only goal a women should ever have.”
I’m just so surprised a woman wrote this article. I guess anyone can be sexist, though.
Everyone is allowed their own opinion, but I must deny Venker’s belief that all women should retroactively change into the housewives of old, because that’s what her article is implying.
Women and men are allowed to be whatever and whomever they choose to be. Women aren’t limited to being housewives and child bearers, and men don’t always have to be the breadwinner.
Things have changed, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Women can have careers and men can have housework. Women have so many options open to them now. If someone wants to only be a wife and mother, that’s fine too. As long as that was a choice, and not the only path she was allowed to take.