The Fox News War On Women Marches On With ‘Tips To Keep Your Husband Happy’ Segment

Women may still have their problems but it’s their husbands who we should really feel bad for says Fox News’ always tone-deaf morning show, Fox & Friends.

With a twinkle of nostalgia in his eye, co-host and noted non-female Steve Doocy lamented the fall of the good old days when men could be men and women were adoring wives.

“When did it happen when men and husbands became doormats?” Doocy asked during a segment titled, Husband Appreciation: Sage Advice For Wives.

The “sage advice” came from Susan Patton, conservative writer and frequent Fox News guest who has some pretty serious ideas about modern women (hint: she doesn’t like them).

“I’m telling young women, or married women of any age really, first thing: Be nice. Stop acting like such an entitled princess! Recognize the fact that there are many women who miss their opportunity entirely to marry and have children.”

The lone female co-host, Ainsley Earhardt served as the show’s lone voice of reason in the exchange. At one point Earhardt challenged Patton on her apparent hypocrisy:

“It seems like those two arguments contradict each other a little bit, because you say women shouldn’t be cry babies and just be happy that you have a husband, but isn’t that just saying ‘Any way a husband acts is okay?'”

Patton doesn’t think so, and goes on to stress that she’s just trying to get women to treat their husbands respectfully.

It’s not clear why Patton feels the need to single women out in this regard. She specifically targets women for this admonishment even though the idea that a person should treat their spouse with respect (regardless of gender) isn’t particularly revolutionary. At best Patton is shoveling recycled drivel, but at worst she is ascribing the “nagging wife” stereotype to all women and going on national television to spread it around.

Patton is fresh off last year’s media blitz after she penned an open letter instructing college girls to stop being so career-oriented and instead spend their time while at a university trying to find a guy to marry.

“I sincerely feel that too much focus has been placed on encouraging young women only to achieve professionally. I understand that this can be seen as retrogressive, but for those women who aspire to what used to be thought of as a traditional life with home and family, there is almost no ink addressing personal fulfillment outside of the workplace. Specifically, finding lifelong friends and the right partner with whom to share a life and raise a family.”

Patton’s new advice is one of appeasement. Women should appreciate and respect men (typically in the form of cooking and cleaning for the hardworking Y chromosome) or they will risk alienating males and potentially never finding a husband. For her, the worst fate of a woman is to wind up husbandless. It’s never clarified why that might be.

And for those women fortunate enough to have found a husband early, the work is never done. With whining and demands, these wives risk losing their husbands. And Patton knows the unenviable fate for an older woman who gets a divorce: eternal loneliness.

“If you are in your mid-30s or older the idea that you’re going to find yourself another husband, almost impossible,” Patton said. “And if you don’t believe me ask your maiden aunt, she will tell you when she’s done feeding the cats.”

But of course, women could have avoided this whole nightmare they’ve found themselves in if they had just not bothered to ask for equal rights. For Patton, the blame for almost all of society’s ills lies squarely at the feet of “Antagonistic feminists.” If they hadn’t gone and demanded more for themselves, then men wouldn’t be so upset with them.

During the entire segment (apart from the aforementioned exchange with Earhardt), the hosts smile and nod at Patton as if they are relieved to hear someone finally stating the obvious. Not once did one of them bother to suggest that anything Patton was saying wasn’t divinely inspired.

Patton is a big advocate of “do as I say, not as I do.” Her self-help advice never extends as far as her own personal life. For example, while she frequently tells viewers that divorce should never be an option (“Don’t even think that divorce is an option. You work on it. You make it work.”), she herself recently finalized a divorce with her ex-husband. And despite being well passed her mid-30s, Patton told a journalist during a profile of her in New York Magazine that she has “many boyfriends,” but isn’t looking for a husband just a “fun, funny, entertaining, sexy” guy. In other words, Patton is living the life of a college coed while – as her day job – she publicly shames younger women for being shallow and immoral. All the while selling countless books to the Steve Doocy’s of the world who just want it to be the 1950s again.

The more you think of it, the more you realize Earhardt had it right: Patton is a hypocrite – and a sexist one at that.