There was a recent Pew Survey that showed a growth in the number of households in which women are the primary breadwinners.
The number of single mother households is up, but the number that is creating headlines is that the number of married women earning more than their spouses is also up. (no mention of married lesbian couples here, so I guess this is all hetero marriage.)
Pew also found that, “Most people reject the idea that it is bad for a marriage if a wife out-earns her husband.” You would not get that impression from the news media. The local and national news have been talking about this survey, usually in their shocked voices, and giving the impression that this is a big and frightening development.
Not surprisingly, the most absurd reactions are coming from Fox News. Here’s Erick Erickson, conservative media pundit and editor of RedState.com, talking to Lou Dobbs:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TO7r0VeeZKAThis is confused, but I think the central quote here is this:
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 complimentary role.
I think the best reaction comes from Tod Kelly at League of Ordinary Gentlemen:
Normally this is where I make the comment that conservatives need to be careful about saying stuff like this because it could hurt them with the female vote in the next election. But this? This is so astoundingly terrible that I think it might create a rip in the space-time continuum and hurt them not just in future elections, but in past elections and elections in other dimensions as well.
See also Megan Kelly’s reaction to this. She rakes Dobbs and Erickson over the coals: