After Pew released a report yesterday that found mothers to be the primary or sole breadwinners in 40% of American households with children, Fox Business aired the study Wednesday evening, and several Fox contributors, all men, expressed their dismay at the findings.
Host Lou Dobbs called the Pew report further proof of “society dissolving around us,” and Juan Williams blamed more breadwinning mothers for “the disintegration of marriage.”
Erik Erickson, editor-in-chief of RedState, continued the lament, explaining that basic knowledge of biology reveals males are the dominant gender, and liberals who try to upend this are “very anti-science”:
“I’m so used to liberals telling conservatives that they’re anti-science. But liberals who defend this and say it is not a bad thing are very anti-science. When you look at biology — when you look at the natural world — the roles of a male and a female in society and in 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.”
Erickson concluded that this upheaval of natural gender roles is “tearing us apart” and jeapordizing our children, because “having mom as the primary bread winner is bad for kids and bad for marriage, and reality shows us that’s the truth.”
Update: RedState.com contributor Breeanne Howe responded to Erickson’s comments with a Tweet of support:
I agree with @ewerickson – the male should be the dominate one in the household. It’s not only scientific, it’s biblical.
— Breeanne Howe (@breeannehowe) May 30, 2013
Update: Erick Erickson responds to criticism on RedState.com: “Many feminist and emo lefties have their panties in a wad over my statements in the past 24 hours about families.”
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