After playing clips of idiotic statements by men about the places of men and women in the modern American family, Fox News host Megyn Kelly proceeded to blast them all in a prolonged segment. The peg for the discussion is a new Pew Research Center study showing that mothers are the sole or primary provider in 40 percent of U.S. households with children. Reacting to the report, Lou Dobbs spoke of watching “society dissolve around us.” Conservative commentator Erick Erickson saw a bad trend, noting that males have traditionally been the “dominant” force in society. He also wrote this: “[K]ids most likely will do best in households where they have a mom at home nurturing them while dad is out bringing home the bacon.”

Upon that, Kelly pounced. She herself is a working mom, pregnant with her third child, so she has some experience in the matters at hand. After Erickson said to her that there’s something to kids’ having a “stable” home life, Kelly said this: “What’s unstable about having a working mother, and nurturing, loving stay-at-home father?” Game over.

Kelly recently signed a new contract at Fox News, assuring that in the coming years, dumb, nostalgic, archaic and oppressive remarks about family structure and working women will meet their fate in the early hours of the network’s afternoon lineup.

 

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.