Clayton Morris, Asshole of the Day for May 5, 2014
There was a time when women were relegated to the side lines, they had no control over when or how they were educated, who they would marry or whether or not they could choose to have a child. That time is long gone. It’s 2014: women (in developed nations, at least) are no longer sitting idly by, letting others dictate their lives. They can go to school, any school they want, choose who and when they will marry, if at all, and, despite numerous attempts to stand in the way of reproductive rights, they have the right to decide if and when they want to be a parent.
With all the rights women have gained in the last several generations, it makes sense that they would also become more successful in their chosen careers, climbing the corporate ladder and - gasp! - sometimes even earning more money than men. This is a good thing…and we should all be evolved enough to realize it.
Fox News host Clayton Morris, sadly, still thinks it’s 1952 and stated on air that women “breadwinners” are emasculating men by violating their “innate” biology. While hosting a panel discussion, Morris asked if there was a “problem with men earning less than women in the household?” He also wanted to know if the panelists thought women ‘breadwinners’ “could actually cause marital problems?”
Now, implications aside, it seems like Morris was asking a pretty innocent question, playing devil’s advocate even. But he didn’t stop there. After the panelists outlined why it’s lame to delve into gender roles in this way, Morris said:
"I get the cultural argument, guys. I mean, I can see how — we can all weave our way through cultural issues. But isn’t there some sort of biological, innate need for men to be the caveman? Go out and bring home the dinner and actually go out — is it emasculating if we don’t do it?"
By blaming successful women for ‘emasculating’ men, and implying that women ‘breadwinners’ are bad for marriage, Morris takes us back to a time when women were little more than arm candy and silly little creatures who had nothing to contribute to society than recipes and great cocktail party chatter.
Morris’ question also implies that men are weak, and can only determine their worth based on the size of their paycheck. If that’s so…that guy has a problem. It’s not the woman’s issue.
Here’s the reality: there are more women enrolled in colleges and professional schools. Nearly one-third of women will have their college degree by age 27, compare to just 24-percent of men. If you look at these numbers, it’s safe to assume that more and more women will become “breadwinners”. And, as families assess the options in front of them, many will decide it makes sense for the “breadwinner” wife to continue her ascent up the corporate ladder, while the husband takes on the difficult task of managing the home front.
This is where we are as a society. Men who have a problem with it are going to have to deal. Clayton Morris is going to have to deal.
We don’t know if Clayton Morris will ever be able to get on board with women who earn more than their men. But we can name him Asshole of the Day.
It is Clayton Morris’ first time as Asshole of the Day.
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