Over the last 48 hours, a segment on the Fox Business channel has made the rounds on cable news because of the blatant sexist comments that were made.
During a Wednesday broadcast on Fox, the topic of women becoming the breadwinner in the home was discussed. Editor of the conservative website “Red State” and radio show host Erick Erickson stated that science dictates that men should be the primary money-maker in the home and that women should essentially stick to raising children. Erickson doubled down on his twitter account, tweeting “husbands and wives should play complimentary roles w/ dad as breadwinner.”
Erickson took to his own website, “Red State” to elaborate on his thoughts and claimed that when women are the primary or sole money-maker in a home, it could lead to a harmful situation for the children.
“Many feminist and emo lefties have their panties in a wad over my statements in the past 24 hours about families. I said, in a statement reflecting the view of three quarters of those surveyed in a Pew Research Center poll, that more women being the primary or sole breadwinners in families is harmful to raising children. This result came from a survey that found ‘nearly four in 10 families with children under the age of 18 are now headed by women who are the sole or primary breadwinners for their families.'”
Erickson continued, claiming that single moms expect the government to “subsidize” them for having a job and raising a child.
“In modern society we are not supposed to point out that children in a two-parent heterosexual nuclear household have a better chance at long term success in life than others. In modern society, we are supposed to applaud feminists who teach women they can have it all — that there is no gender identifying role and women can fulfill the role of husbands and fathers just as men do…Feminists and politicians on both sides of the aisle view these statements as insulting to single moms and antithetical to their support for gay marriage. What should be insulting to single moms is for society to tell them they can do it all and, in fact, will subsidize their doing it all.”
The modern Republican party and their interpretation of “moral values” seems to be slipping away from the average American. In the 2012 election, President Obama was helped by a 12 point margin among women in his defeat of Republican challenger, Mitt Romney. The number was even higher among unmarried women, siding with the president by a 38 point margin, helping President Obama to a second term in the White House.
If conservatives and the Republican party are going to be successful in future elections, people like Erick Erickson and Fox News are going to have to change their tune when it comes to women, or they will continue their free fall in American politics.