‘Vice’ Co-Founder Gavin McInnes Calls Working Women ‘Unnatural’

Throwback Gavin McInnes Calls Working Women 'Unnatural'

According to Vice co-founder Gavin McInnes, working women don’t want to work. Their nature dictates that they stay at home with the children. Image: Bill Schorr @ CagleCartoons.com

Vice co-founder Gavin McInnes went off on women in the workplace in a HuffPost live chat on Monday. Specifically, he said that working women don’t really want to be working:

“Women are forced to pretend to be men. They’re feigning this toughness. They’re miserable. Study after study has shown that feminism has made women less happy. They’re not happy in the work force, for the most part. I would guess 7 percent [of women] like not having kids, they want to be CEOs, they like staying at the office all night working on a proposal, and all power to them. But by enforcing that as the norm, you’re pulling all these women away from what they naturally want to do, and it’s making them miserable.”

There are others who also have issues with working women.

McInnes, of course, is not the only person to voice his issues with women in the workplace. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant said that both parents need time with their children to raise them properly. However, he implied that this is more the mother’s fault for working than the father’s.

Also, Suzanne Venker said that feminism has only led to mass confusion, because men and women no longer have any idea of who should be responsible for what. To her, the reason we don’t see more female CEOs or stay-at-home dads is because men and women don’t want to switch roles like that. She goes so far as to say the battle of the sexes is over, and that what we should take from it is men and women are different but equal.

Hmm…different but equal sounds a lot like separate but equal. Men and women are, in fact, capable of the same things.

What do studies on the subject say?

The truth of the matter is that there are conflicting studies out there about what brings women happiness. A British study from earlier this year says that British women are more likely to be content, and feel fulfilled, when they’re at home raising children. Another study says that working women are less likely end up happy later in life than their male counterparts.

However, other studies say the opposite. A recent Pew study showed that working women who had children were less likely to suffer from depression and anger problems at age 40. Furthermore, women are either the primary or sole breadwinner in nearly 40% of households. Working women, overall, tend to be happier on all levels than their stay-at-home counterparts.

Besides all of this, the number of stay-at-home dads is on the rise. In 2012, there were approximately 189,000 men staying at home while their wives worked. In 2011, that number was 176,000. Ten years ago, there were only 98,000. One contributing factor to his may be that American culture seems to reject the idea of a stay-at-home dad far more than the idea of working women. Men may not want to stay home with the kids because of societal pressure, and not because it goes against their natural grain.

In the end, McInnes and others who say that working women are unhappy and going against nature  just don’t understand the reality of this. The same is true of the idea that stay-at-home dads are also “unnatural.” What it comes down to is what each person wants, and what works best for their family.