Well, then. You know, even coming from someone who’s (allegedly) made a pretty frequent hobby of tacitly defending sexist statements, or (allegedly) made a few himself, this one is about seven vacuum cleaners, two corsets and a bottle of radium nail polish over the top.
Yes, yours truly may fairly be accused of sexism in a defensibly contemporary way — but Phyllis Schafly might as well have just jumped out of a flying DeLorean still warming up from its trip back to 1957.
Evidence first the fact that she has a syndicated AM/FM radio show. You remember “radio shows” — those things people used to listen to before we invented pretty much every other form of communication. Still very popular in rural Kansas, though, we hear. Evidence second the fact that on yesterday’s edition of said radio show, Phyllis (whose very name is proto-Germanic for “women shouldn’t have jobs”) put forth this seven-fold idiot anachronism:
Phyllis Schlafly on the wonders of marriage.
“We all know that married men can still be violent to their families, but they are far less likely to be violent against women than are live-in boyfriends.
Why is this? It’s true that women who have found men who are already better partners are more likely to marry them, but it’s also true that marriage settles men down. Being married makes a man care more about his family’s expectations and future because he sees his family as enduring. It also makes him more faithful and committed to his partner. Marriage makes men directly protective of their wives, and living in a home with their daughters gives them the opportunity to be directly protective of them as well. Marriage also creates indirect protection for wives and daughters, because married women and their children tend to live in safer neighborhoods.
So what’s the answer for women who worry about male violence? It’s not to fear all men. It’s to reject the lifestyle of frequent “hookups,” which is so much promoted on college campuses today, while the women pursue a career and avoid marriage.”
Obviously, this particular radio transmission originates so far back in the past, we’re probably just hearing it bounce back off of Alpha Centauri. But, due process; a quick peeling back of some of this old onion’s layers of socially retarded.
- “[Married men] are far less likely to be violent against women than are live-in boyfriends.” Well, yes. That’s true. Mostly because since women started having live-in boyfriends, they started finding out before marriage whether or not they were going to beat the crap out of them. Then, they didn’t marry them. It’s called “process of elimination.” Analogous statement: “The microwave ovens people keep work better than the ones that were broken when they got them.”
- “Marriage settles men down.” No, it really doesn’t. Legal responsibility for short people and the realization of one’s own pattern of consistent failure and/or abusive relationships…that’s what settles men down. Also, there’s that little matter of testosterone not starting to noticeably drop until you hit your 30s.
- “Marriage makes men directly protective of their wives.” So…a guy dating someone for five years doesn’t feel inclined to protect her?
- “Marriage makes men more faithful to their partners.” Having your partner know what you’re doing at all hours of the day and night is what makes men more faithful. To paraphrase Chris Rock, “A man is as faithful as his options and opportunities.”
- “Marriage also creates indirect protection for wives and daughters, because married women and their children tend to live in safer neighborhoods.” No, Phyllis…people with money tend to live in safer neighborhoods. So do people with room-mates to split the rent. There are plenty of married people in the hood; but then again, you’d probably have to go there to know that.
We could pick apart Phyllis’ ignorance and ever-so Christian sensibilities all day long. But here’s what it comes down to: The entire notion of “women not working and relying on a man for support” became outdated the minute Wal-Mart became the nation’s largest employer. Yes, back in the 1950s, when GM was our largest employer, paying the modern equivalent of $50 an hour — of course, a man could afford to support a family pretty comfortably. Now, that same woman would have to have four husbands (or at least baby-daddies) just to break even. And then she’d be a slut. Phyllis.
It’s almost impressive how this old bitty’s generation of conservative McCarthyites manage to cling to irrelevant and outdated notions. Notions that poison our discourse and make it that much harder to adapt to the socioeconomic realities of today. And that is exactly why, as yours truly has said before, it would really be best for everyone if just about the whole damned lot of them finally shut up, and got busy dropping dead already.
See — I’m not just sexist.
H/T: Right Wing Watch