Crazy Talkin' TV Host Who Says Women Are Happier at Home Has It All Wrong

Isn't it so awesome when people say the dumbest things, but you actually agree in part with them? That's sarcasm, by the way, because it's not cool at all. A Fox News guest made an outrageous claim on the cable news network this week about the gender wage gap -- that women don't want to work, and would be happier at home, barefoot and pregnant.

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Well OK then. In all fairness, he didn't say "barefoot and pregnant," but he did insinuate that women are not biologically capable of exerting themselves like a man would in the workplace.

Let's start at the beginning of the Hannity segment during which this all occurred, shall we? In fact, you can watch it here:

Host Sean Hannity asked people on the street if they'd support Hillary Clinton if they knew that she paid her female staffers 72 cents on the dollar to what she paid her male employees. Please keep in mind that the national average across the board is 77 cents on the dollar, and it's Democrats, not Republicans, using that figure to promote "equality in the workplace."

All things good so far. Guest Tamara Holder (a Democrat) called Hannity out for manipulating the data to make it seem like Senator Clinton had paid her female staffers less. Um, you mean like the data manipulated to make it seem like women earn 77 cents for every dollar a man makes?

The fact of the matter is that all things considered equal, there is no pay gap. According to a TIME magazine article from 2014:

The bottom line: the 23-cent gender pay gap is simply the difference between the average earnings of all men and women working full-time. It does not account for differences in occupations, positions, education, job tenure or hours worked per week. When such relevant factors are considered, the wage gap narrows to the point of vanishing.

OK, so more women than men opt out of the workplace for a time, or forever, to take care of their families. Sorry, but someone who has more years of experience in a particular job, or who is willing to put in longer hours at the office, deserves to earn more. Call me silly, but that's what I believe.

Unfortunately, instead of jumping on Holder for saying skewed statistics are part of the game, Hannity's right wing guest, Gavin McInnes, absolutely stuck his foot in his mouth.

Let me remind you that McInnes does not speak for all Republicans, people. I'm a proud member of the GOP, and I was horrified by his comments.

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He said, "Women do earn less in American because they choose to ... They would rather go to their daughter's piano recital than stay all night at work, working on a proposal, so they end up earning less."

OK, sure, generally speaking, moms tend to feel the mommy guilt, and more of us would likely blow off work for our kids than dads would. That's just the way it goes.

But then he went on. "[Women are] less ambitious," he said.

Hold the freaking phone. Even if we are more likely to put our families ahead of an all-nighter at work, what the hell does that have to do with ambition? Is wanting to be there for your kids not considered ambitious, loyal, dedicated, hardworking, etc?

Unfortunately, it got even worse. McInnes went on to say, "This is sort of God's way -- this is nature's way -- of saying women should be at home with the kids ... They're happier there."

Just ... wow. What a disservice to dads too, who would rather be home with their kids, but feel the pressure to bring home the bacon and choose to work those long hours in the office to provide for their families instead. Does that mean they love their kids less? This whole idea is so convoluted that it makes my head hurt.

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He continued making stupid comments. "If you were a real feminist you would support housewives and see them as the heroes and women who work wasting their time," he told Holder.

I wasn't aware that my full-time job that puts a roof over my kids' head, food on the dinner table, and gas in the car; not to mention tuition, clothes, activities, etc., was "wasting my time." What is this Republican suggesting, that I get on the public dole and homeschool my kids so that I don't have to work, because that would make me happier?

Holder asked at one point, "Why am I sitting here?" At the same time, I was asking myself, "What the heck am I hearing from a so-called Republican?"

"You're making a mistake," McInnes responded. "You would be much happier at home with a husband and children." At least Sean Hannity had the decency to do a face palm at that point. Because that was truly an idiotic statement.

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This is so demeaning to just about everyone in America. He's telling stay-at-home-moms that they're not ambitious; hard-working dads that they're avoiding their families; working moms that they're self-loathing because they'd really rather be at home; and stay-at-home-dads that they have even less ambition than the moms who choose to stay home, because that's "women's work."

I can appreciate that women generally tend to choose careers that keep them closer to home (both figuratively and literally), while men usually opt for more hours in the office. It's not a rule, at ALL, and God bless the female surgeon and God bless the male kindergarten teacher.

Just because members of one gender are more inclined to live their lives a particular way, doesn't mean it applies to everyone. That's why America is a fantastic place to live. We don't have to conform to any one way of life. We get to choose our own path.

Unfortunately, there will probably always be guys like this dude ready to tell us we're wrong.

No matter what your political party, are you offended by Gavin McInnes' comments?

 

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