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.