In the twisted universe that Fox News has been working so feverishly to construct, whites are the only victims of racism, education is hurting our children, there isn’t enough carbon in the atmosphere, and now, men are second class citizens who are oppressed by a society that inhibits their freedom and disparages their character.
Never mind that men control virtually every powerful institution in America. In the Forbes 500 list of top corporations there are only 18 women CEOs. Women hold only 18.3% of the 535 seats in Congress. Of the 772 full-time judges in the U.S. District Court and Courts of Appeal, just 30.4% are women. A mere 25% of colleges have female presidents. Women continue to get less pay for the same work as men. And predominately male politicians are legislating decisions that ought to be left to women, their families, and their doctors.
Yet somehow Suzanne Venker of Fox News has concluded that it is men who are being short-changed by society. This is an opinion that she has articulated many times before in Fox News editorials and in books published by the Wingnut Supremos at WorldNetDaily. Her first article for Fox was titled “The War On Men,” where she argued that the battle of the sexes was all the woman’s fault. Then she wrote that “‘Submission’ Is Not A Dirty Word,” it only demonstrates that you trust your partner. Her article “What Men Want,” lamented the decline in women who took pride in taking care of their man. The persistent theme in her views is that women ought to be happy to be subservient to men.
In her latest column Venker continues to berate society for its conspicuous favoritism towards women and prejudice against men. She begins by asserting that…
“The most obvious proof is male bashing in the media. It is rampant and irrefutable. From sit-coms and commercials that portray dad as an idiot to biased news reports about the state of American men.”
Venker doesn’t offer any documentation of her claim that male bashing in the media is irrefutable, mainly because there isn’t any. Sure, there are a few representations of dads in sit-coms who are less than competent. But it doesn’t come any near the way that media portrays women as sex objects, bimbos, screw-ups, and bitches. What’s more, who are the media honchos who are producing these characterizations? Overwhelmingly men. So even to the minimal extent that men endure unflattering images, it is men who are providing them. It is also men who are providing the much more common unflattering images of women. But worse, Venker complains that the media makes too big a deal out of the mistreatment of women.
“[The media] would rather feed off stories that paint women as victims. And in so doing, they’ve convinced America there’s a war on women.”
Aside from her disturbing dismissal of the very real problems women face as victims of both discrimination and violence, Venker has utterly misconstrued the notion of the “war on women.” It has nothing to do with a literal war that involves casualties. It is a reference to the social and legal assaults on women’s rights in the workplace, in the courts, in the home, and particularly with regard to making personal decisions about their own bodies. These are concepts that seem foreign to Venker who seriously contends that it is men whose welfare is in jeopardy. This was expressed explicitly when she said…
“Yet it is males who suffer in our society. From boyhood through adulthood, the White American Male must fight his way through a litany of taunts, assumptions and grievances about his very existence. His oppression is unlike anything American women have faced.”
I’m going to just let that hang there and sink in. It is so steeped in delusion that it needs no response. Venker’s perverse sympathy for the beleaguered “White American Male” says so much more about her, and her detachment from reality, than anything I could muster.
And isn’t it appropriate that Fox News provided Venker with this platform? It’s a network that features notably misogynistic male anchors and contributors, balanced by an army of blondes with no journalism credentials. In fact, just this week Fox promoted one sexy blonde with no reporting background to primetime, and replaced her in the daytime slot with a former Miss America. As for misogyny, Fox’s Erick Erickson just tweeted this after the nation’s most severely anti-choice bill was passed in Texas: “Dear liberals, go bookmark this site now.” The link he posted was to a site where you can buy coat hangers. That reference to the tragic past when women died during illegal abortions is about as disgusting as it gets.