Fox News Contributor Claims That Science Supports Men Earning More Than Women (VIDEO)

Thomas Dolby looking like a crazy scientist

With apologies to Thomas Dolby’s “Blinded Me With Science.”

Erick Erickson is at it again. On Wednesday, Fox News had its predictable rhetorical response to the survey that mothers now are the breadwinners in 40% of households surveyed by Pew Research. Lou Dobbs of course framed it as “troubling” and a sign of “society dissolve around us.” In response, the echo chamber jumped in with agreement, but Erick Erickson took it one step further, as you can see for yourself in the video below:

To quote Mr. Erickson:

I’m so used to liberals telling conservatives that they’re anti-science. But liberals who defend this and say it is not a bad thing are very anti-science. When you look at biology, when you look at the natural world, the roles of a male and a female in society and in other animals, the male typically is the dominant role. The female, it’s not antithesis, or it’s not competing, it’s a complementary role.

This, of course, is nonsense, but typical for the science ignorant. Despite the “macho male” rhetoric, in reality most primate species are female dominant, including our closest genetic relatives the bonobo ape. The other close relative, the chimpanzee, is male dominant, which may be what Mr. Erickson is referring to. The chimpanzee is also known to engage in spousal abuse, including rape, physical assault, and other forms of domestic abuse, so if what Mr. Erickson held true, then it would be fine for humans to engage in such behavior as well. Of course, this is the same man who felt that awards should be given to those who beat children so such a scenario is not beyond the realm of possibility.

So, perhaps he is a religiously driven man, who does not understand, nor care to understand, science. Sadly, even this is untrue. He not only proclaimed that marriage equality would outlaw christianity, even his ability to read the Bible comes into question as he claimed taxes were against the teachings of Jesus, when in fact the bible clearly put it best:

Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s – Matthew 22:21

But, not one to be out-done, Erick Erickson continued on this line of thought on his radio show, claiming that only this narrow viewpoint of “normal” was supportable, claiming his viewpoint as “fact” as you can hear for yourself below:

What we find is a man who has clearly no verifiable source for his positions. Science does not claim that a male dominated hierarchy is the normal in the animal kingdom, or that it is a “fact” that his family structure is somehow superior to alternatives. Even in the “macho” chimpanzee, there are solid, and verifiable cases of a female dominated structure taking hold in family groups, such as one notable case in Kenya, where a tuberculosis outbreak caused a complete socio-economic shift for baboons, resulting in the lead males all dying off, taking with them their male-dominated society, creating a new, female-led society with a dramatic shifting of the entire baboon culture:

Nature instead tells us that animals are naturally as likely to be male or female dominated. It also tells us that changes to the environment can and does cause a shift from one to the other. Erick Erickson is, ultimately, telling us that he does not understand yet another topic. His premise, his argument, is one based on ignorance, and a male-oriented patriarchy which increasingly is becoming less and less relevant in the modern world. His family structure works for his family, but we are all individuals, with our own unique needs, wants and desires. For him to sit back and judge others for how their families are set up, it just reeks of bigotry.

In the modern world, there is no logical reason why a woman cannot be the family breadwinner. They work just as hard as men, have just as much ambition as men, and, thanks to President Obama, they can earn as much as men. The very idea of them being inferior in any way shape or form is obsolete, old-fashioned thinking, and has no place in society.

If Mr. Erickson were to check on the topic, one of the main reasons for this shift has been the recession. During the early part of the recession, women were more likely than men to keep their jobs. In addition, studies have found that the number of stay at home dads has doubled in the past decade. Combine these two facts together, a picture becomes clear, that society has changed, and for the better. However there remains a social stigma for the stay at home father, which means that while Mr. Ericksons words are not true, they will still reach a portion of the population, namely those who watch Fox News.

Science does not support you Mr. Erickson. It is just another of a long list of things you do not understand.


Nate_DownesNathaniel Downes is the son of a former state representative of New Hampshire, now living in Seattle Washington. Feel free to follow Nathaniel Downes on Facebook.

And, incidentally, is a stay at home father for an 11-year-old son.