Judging by last week’s performance by the Fox boys, nothing shrinks testicles faster than the image of a female bringing home the family bacon.
The way Lou Dobbs and his guests Juan Williams and Erick Erickson were behaving on Lou Dobbs Tonight, you would have thought Lorena Bobbitt was lurking beneath their seats with a sharp pair of scissors.
Cause of the commotion: A new Pew Research Center analysis that said women are now the primary family breadwinners in a record 40 percent of all U.S. homes with children under 18. That’s up from 11 percent in 1960.
A sure sign of the apocalypse, said the Fox boys. Next thing you know, women will get the vote!
“There’s something going terribly wrong in American society, and it’s hurting our children, and it’s going to have impact for generations to come,” quoth Williams.
Did I mention that Williams, an ardent Clarence Thomas defender during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings, was disciplined by The Washington Post in 1991 for having sexually harassed numerous female colleagues verbally over a period of years?
Erickson, a conservative blogger who, last time I checked, did not have a Ph.D. in anthropology, said the female-breadwinner situation went against nature.
“When you look at biology, look at the natural world … the male typically is the dominant role. The female … [is] a complementary role. We as people in a smart society have lost the ability to have complementary relationships in nuclear families, and it’s tearing us apart.”
Complement this, caveman. Did I mention that Erickson tweeted in 2009 that then-retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter was a “goat-fucking child molester”?
To their credit, Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren and Megyn Kelly both manned up against their Eisenhower-era workmates. GVS lobbed a gentle shot on her blog; Kelly eviscerated Dobbs and Erickson on her show.
The “breadwinner moms” in the Pew study are not all single moms, it is important to note. In fact, that figure is 63 percent, with 37 percent being married moms with a higher income than their husbands.
It’s the latter group that has the boys’ Fox tails in a knot. Bet on it.
Married mothers with bigger paychecks than their husbands’ are disproportionally white, college educated and slightly older, according to Pew. To the Fox boys, that is more threatening than an Obama drone.
Single-mom breadwinners, on the other hand, don’t possess that kind of firepower. They tend to be younger, poorer and less educated, and they are more likely to be black or Hispanic, Pew says.
I don’t know if the wives of Dobbs, Erickson and Williams make more money than they do, but I suspect not. No testicular threat there. The more pertinent question is whether Fox stars like Megyn Kelly and Greta Van Susteren out-earn their husbands.
If the gals’ Benjamins do trump their husbands’, what would the Fox boys do? Call 911? Suggest marriage counseling? Tell Kelly and Van Susteren to work at CNN?
Wake up and smell the estrogen, Fox boys. Welcome to the real world.