A small take-out from some research out of the United States has certainly got the conservatives talking. According to the latest Pew study, four in ten households in the US now have a mother who is the primary breadwinner.
We’re at a crisis point. If we don’t act now we could “lose a generation” – at least that’s according to four male conservatives who appeared on a television panel about the issue last week.
Now, it’s a cheap shot to look at the analysis occurring on a conservative network in another country, but we felt this one was worth bringing to you. It certainly provides for some good entertainment. That’s if you can get past what’s actually being said about the so-called “troubling” statistic, and the fact these four men with real-life jobs believe it’s time to restore the natural order by returning women to the kitchen.
The panel which appeared on Lou Dobbs Tonight (who himself shared a stat about the number of abortions in America, as that’s somehow relevant to all those mums out there earning a living) saw three men brought in to join Dobbs on urgently discussing the matter of women earning more than men.
For journalist Juan William, the “four out of ten” statistic should take the front page on every newspaper. “Something is going terribly wrong in American society,” he said.
Blogger and editor-in-chief of Redstate.com, Erick Erickson, referred the issue back to the natural world. The male is typically the dominant species out there in the wild, he said, and just like in the wild the female in the household shouldn’t be competing with him, but rather acting in a complementary role.
Political analyst and pollster Doug Schoen, meanwhile, says that the rising dominance of the female breadwinner is a “catastrophic” issue that’s “undermining our social order”.
Yes, these men have an education and they’re given a very public platform to express their views. They’re actually paid to give an opinion.
On Women’s Agenda we were thrilled to hear about the statistic. Let’s hope it gets to the 50/50 mark sooner rather than later.