Could it be that women shot themselves in the foot in the war for female equality? Fox News.com contributor, Suzanne Venker, maintains that women really want to have time to be wives and mothers, a dream that requires a supportive husband with financial resources to fulfill. She has taken quite a lot of criticism for a recent article she wrote entitled, "Why women still need husbands." She defended her controversial ideas on television on "Fox and Friends Weekend," according to a December 8 article on Newshound.com.
Venker basically expressed what many exhausted women feel when she stated that there is just not enough time in every day to do everything with gusto. Having a husband who would carry the majority of the financial burden would be a dream to many tired working mothers. She doesn't think leaning on a man is such a bad thing.
Nevertheless, many women have expressed anger at Venker's views, accusing her of encouraging women to be dependent on men. She is the niece of long-time pro-family activist Phyllis Schlafly who has received her share of angry female opposition.
There was an interesting moment when Fox co-host Anna Kooinan asked for Venker's advice to her as a 29-year-old woman. Kooinan was polite when her guest urged her to embrace the side of her that is "not about work," if she decided she wanted a marriage and family. By letting her husband bring home the majority of the income, she could achieve a more balanced life. Kooinan just said, "Thanks."
Whatever your opinion, it is hard to refute some things which follow from the philosophy Venker propones:
1. Working wives and mothers don’t have enough time to do what they need to do, much less enjoy much of it.
2. Not having to work full-time, year round would make things easier for just about any mother.
3. Women are generally fulfilled through motherhood.
4. Husbands aren't necessary anymore for procreation, but they sure are nice to have around to help raise your children.