Carla Bruni, Queen Elizabeth & Fox News Remind Us A Woman’s Place Is In The Home

Fox News has published an op-ed about the “war on men.” Fox News is trolling us, of course, but who isn’t these days?

In the op-ed, writer Suzanne Venker posits that the reason modern women want to get married but modern men don’t is because Modern. Women. Are. The. Worst. What with our careers, and our expectations of equality, and our abandonment of the hoop skirts — women just “aren’t women anymore.” Blah blah blah.

There’s really just one point I’d like to make about the piece: Venker herself says it’s “a subculture of men” who are angry and anti-marriage because of women’s accomplishments (“I’ve spoken with hundreds, if not thousands, of men and women (and) accidentally stumbled upon a subculture of men who’ve told me, in no uncertain terms, that they’re never getting married”). A subculture — as in, a smaller, minority portion of the modern male population. And, well .. duh.

The ‘men’s rights activist’ types, extolling the virtues of mail-order Russian brides because they aren’t all uppity like American women — this is well-chartered territory. It shows there are a subset of men who are really really REALLY having a hard time with being born in an era where being male doesn’t automatically grant you a house-cleaning fellatio-giving baby-having slave. Which is kind of understandable, right? A house-cleaning sex-slave would be lovely. But I don’t get one and neither to they and we all just have to deal with it. And none of it says anything about the majority of modern men and women and how we should conduct our lives.

Venker concludes by telling us that “there is good news” — if women just surrender to their “nature” and “femininity,” these men who hate women will want to marry us. In fact, “marriageable men will come out of the woodwork.” To which I say: Grab the caulk, ladies. Grab the caulk.

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    • Dolly

      You don’t know what you’re missing….being a stay-at-home mom and housewife is the best profession out there. You can actually have a family and a marriage, versus seeing your kids and husband only in the evening and the morning.

      • Donna

        If your husband is at work and your kids are at school, you also only see them in the morning and evening. Why doesn’t it bother you that your husband can’t spend as much time as you do with your children. They are his kids too. Welcome to the year 2012 where working women can and do have marriages and families.

      • J.R.

        I don’t think the author is necessarily against being a stay-at-home mom (I, personally, would love that opportunity some day). The problem is that if women choose not to stay home for whatever reason and end up competing with men in the workplace, they should not be blamed for the subset of men who then choose not to get married or for destroying the relationship between men and women, which the original article suggests.

        And none of us should have to change who we are (to an extreme degree) to make “marriageable men…come out of the woodwork” whatever our choices may be. There are enough people in the world for everyone to find who they are looking for eventually be it “mail-order Russian brides” or a woman who wants to stay home with her family or one who wants a career alongside her husband (or maybe her husband would want to stay home?! My boyfriend says he would love to stay home with the kids…). That’s the beauty of the time we live in now.

    • mm

      What I found interesting about the War on Men article was the fact that it was a woman writing it. A woman who has published books and is writing for a major “news” website. Meaning, she is successful. She’s exactly the woman she’s condemning. Sure, her books are about how to land a man (or something, I think) and her article is on the biggest joke news source ever….but it is still success. If she really feels like she claims to feel, she should stop trying to have a career and get back to that sink full of dishes that need washing. So hypocritical.