Here is the video:
What Erick Erickson says there is worth discussing further:
Erick Erickson, one of Fox's newest contributors, was troubled by female breadwinners and claimed that people who defend them are "anti-science." Erickson told viewers:
When you look at biology, look at the natural world, the roles of a male and female in society, and the other animals, the male typically is the dominant role. The female, it's not antithesis, or it's not competing, it's a complimentary role. We as people in a smart society have lost the ability to have complimentary relationships in nuclear families, and it's tearing us apart.
" When you look at biology, look at the natural world, the roles of a male and female in society, and the other animals, the male typically is the dominant role. The female, it's not antithesis, or it's not competing, it's a complimentary role." Hah.
Remember that the topic is women who earn money for their families. So Erickson seems to be arguing that no female animal goes out to get food ever, that it's the male lions which feed the pride and so on, and that the female wolves never go out to hunt.
That is all total rubbish. In fact, I can't think of any mammal where the female stays in the nest or lair with the young and the male goes out and brings all the food home. If that happens, at least among mammals, it is extremely rare. My suspicion is that single mothers are much more common among mammals than that alternative fable. Indeed, chimpanzees seem to have the single mother system.
What these four men are upset about is the fear that the traditional gender roles are breaking down. They like those gender roles because they like to be dominant.
But in most ways the traditional gender roles aren't even that traditional, because very few people in the olden days could live like the Victorian images of a bourgeois nuclear family. Farm-wives worked, wives of artisans worked and so on.
This debate is also muddled because it confuses single-parent households with the couple households where the woman earns more. As I mentioned in my earlier post, the latter group is only 24% of all married couples. Yet, my friends, the sky is falling.