I'm not sure if you all remember this, but Fox News's Suzanne Venker was pretty concerned about the War on Men that was being waged last fall. I mean, it's an ongoing struggle, sure. The War on Men will never really be over until all the men are dead. Then victory will be OURS. Or will it? Because Venker is spouting some more of her wisdom in a new post for foxnews.com, where she comes right out and says "women are not equal to men" and talks about how she is pretty sure that society is going to hell because women these days have been taught to "honor sex, singlehood and female empowerment." Gross. Get it together, modern women! Those are things that men should honor. Well, not female empowerment. There's no place for that anywhere in society. Or, at least, there shouldn't be, I don't think.
Actually, Venker's main point seems to be that women of today need to understand that all this autonomy that they have now over their bodies and their careers and their lives in general is a bad thing. Women used to have it much better. But, wait, you might be thinking, is there any way to actually quantify that things were better in the past? How can we know this for sure? It's simple actually. There is an easy way for women to see that things were better in the past. Just look to the Titanic. Yeah, that's right, the Titanic is how you know that women had it better in the past. Venker points out that because of the "women and children first" policy, when "the Titanic went down in 1912, its sinking took 1,450 lives. Only 103 were women. One-hundred three." [emphasis Venker's] And if the Titanic happened today? What would happen then? Well, luckily for Venker, a recent cruise ship disaster helps to prove her totally valid and not at all idiotic point. Venker reminds us that when the Costa Concordia sunk "it resulted in fewer deaths, but there was another significant difference. 'There was no ‘women and children first’ policy. There were big men, crew members, pushing their way past us to get into the lifeboats. It was disgusting,' said passenger Sandra Rogers, 62."
And so, in conclusion, women should all aspire to be nothing more than housewives so that when they are in a freak accident on a cruise ship, they will have a slightly better chance at survival. I think that's what Venker is saying? I don't know really because the truth is, she makes no sense. I guess trolls never do. All they do is manufacture outrage so that they can promote their books. (Venker has one coming out soon, titled "How to Choose a Husband and Make Peace with Marriage") Didn't the fact that all those rape-denying Republicans lost their elections last November mean that we wouldn't have to deal with all this garbage anymore? I thought that's what it meant! Oh, well. At least maybe we can look to the report that Fox News's ratings are down as a sign that the world is recalibrating itself and that maybe everything will be ok. Or it will be if we all stay away from cruise ships. That's the real lesson here.
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