Fox Anchor Calls Out Sexism Of Male Colleagues

Megyn KellyA Pew Research study published this week found that women are the primary breadwinners in 40 percent of homes, sending the conservative media into a frenzy. But Fox News star anchor Megyn Kelly wasn't having it, and on Friday she schooled colleagues Lou Dobbs and Erick Erickson on-air about the subject of working moms.

Erickson thinks this brave new world of working moms is dangerous and unnatural, and he's been on a one-man campaign for the past 48 hours to make that known. "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 is typically the dominant role," Erickson said Wednesday evening on Fox Business Network.

When these comments prompted a backlash, he responded on his website, "Many feminist and emo lefties have their panties in a wad over my statements in the past 24 hours about families."

On Erickson's radio show Thursday, he hammered the point home again: "It is a matter of fact that children in a household with a mother who spends more time at home than out of the home, with a father who is earning the bulk of the income for the home, are the most well-adjusted youth in society," he said. "You may not like it. You may not like me saying it. But it's a fact."

It is actually not a fact, which Kelly eloquently pointed out on Fox News the following day. "I was offended by your piece," she told Erickson, clarifying that she is not in fact an "emo liberal," and said of his conclusion about working mothers, "Just because you have people who agree with you doesn't mean it's not offensive."

Kelly went on to cite a 2010 American Sociological Association report, which reviewed 69 studies over 50 years, and found that children whose mothers work are no more likely to have any problems than kids whose mothers stay at home.

"I mean, why are we supposed to take your word for it? Erick Erickson's science, instead of all of these experts?" Kelly asked. She then compared Erickson's belief that children of female breadwinners are damaged to a view in the '50s and '60s that children of interracial parents were inferior.

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"They said it was science, it was fact," she says. "... Tell that to Barack Obama."

Kelly was the wrong person to mess with on the topic of working moms. She has two young children herself, and she's spoken publicly before on the difficulties of the juggle. "I reject the notion that you can't have it all," she told People magazine last year. "I think you can: just not necessarily in abundance."

The segment took a sour turn from the start, when Dobbs tried to make the conversation about the growing trend of single-mother households (which 64 percent of Americans say is a "big problem," according to the Pew survey).

When Kelly tried to steer the conversation back to the topic at hand, Dobbs slammed her: "Excuse me. Let me just finish what I was saying, if I may, oh dominant one."

"Excuse me?" Kelly replied.

Kelly isn't the most beloved person among the liberal set, but she just won herself a horde of new fans. Some sampling of the tweets in response:

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She's on FOX NEWS. Shouldn't she... know her place and set a good example for the conservative women?

August 08 2013 at 4:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Funny how this Right Winger is all of a sudden Sistah Soljah when the issue touches HER. If it's not in HER interest, YOUR rights can go to hell.

August 05 2013 at 4:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

you go girl, but it is and has never been fox "news". it is fox FICTION. they, like mitt romney, do not believe in fact check, and say whatever they please just to prove their point, regardless of the truth, or as fox would say irregardless. they even use words that don't exist. they take advantage and cater to the blue collar male. they exploit these mens fears and insecurities until they are brainwashed by the fox FICTIOn that they espouse. I feel sorry for these unsuspecting males and the rest of the hangers on, that actually believe the fox hogwash that is being bandied about.

June 06 2013 at 7:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to j0yr1de's comment

Please, if you can't speak intelligently, just be quiet.
Go take your meds and have a nice nap, OK?

July 23 2013 at 4:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I disagree with Erickson's assessment of parenting. Well adjusted children are taught to cope independently with life. Too many stay-at-home parents today are what we call helicopter parents - constantly hovering over every aspect of the child's day and life in a way that continues well into adulthood. It is not health not well adjusted to have a parent take over all of their child's life, especially when it is because the parent has no other purpose in his or her own life.

June 06 2013 at 7:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

working moms are now a lib/conservative issue?

June 06 2013 at 5:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Men are not allowed to have an opinion on this subject-they will be wrong no matter which side they choose. As a working mother for 20 years, I have heard all the reasons to stay home for my children and all the reasons I should take my place in the working world. Woman snipe at each other over this subject and cannot even agree to disagree. All men should bow out.

June 06 2013 at 5:09 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Megan you, a fox news anchor, of all people, hold up obama, possibly the most maladjusted, deviant, manipulative, vicious, vindictive, pathological liar on this planet, as the poster child for exemplary behavior? You obviously felt the need to vindicate yourself by picking a black person. I'm sure that obama's polar opposites, good people like Denzel Washington, or Neil Degrasse Tyson would be so pleased with your choice. And, just because you find it offensive, doesn't make you right. You, of all people, should know by now that you can't use any president since Truman as an example of exemplary behavior. We, the voters have made the presidency and, exemplary behavior, mutually exclusive.

June 06 2013 at 4:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to jdhegnes's comment

If you read the article, you will see she was speaking about views on inter-racial children in the 50s and 60s. She wasn't vindicating herself by "picking a black person".

July 23 2013 at 4:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So, how do you really feel about President Obama? lol.

And you think that if today's press had been around back in "The Good Olde Days" of Lincoln, Roosevelt, etc., that they would not have been savaged as well?

August 05 2013 at 4:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


June 06 2013 at 4:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was raised by working parents. I turned out fine. My friends were raised by working parents. They also turned out fine. In fact, we learned that through hard work and a good work ethic women can have a career and a family, if they so choose. The difference we have is that society allows us the choice. If a man wants to stay home, he is labelled as if there is something wrong with him. Furthermore, just because a woman stays home does not mean that she is doing a great job as mother. My mother worked 40 + hours a week and so did my father, the time they spent with us was quality time. It is not the amount of time, but the quality of the parenting that is the issue.

June 06 2013 at 4:10 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Nice work Megan. The way I look at it, a child can be raised by a family where the woman is the bread winner and turn out just fine. It is not an easy path, but neither is the other (so-called "normal) path. Ultimately, the choice to become a parent involves great responsibility NO MATTER whether it is the mom or the dad doing the raising. The circumstances that lead to success OR failure I don't think can be pigeon-holed down to a simple conclusion, no matter how somebody might want to spin it.

June 06 2013 at 3:46 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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