Fox News Guest Tells Women to Stop Making Such a Big Deal About Date Rape

Fox News entered a time warp with a segment titled: "Husband Appreciation: Sage Advice For Wives." Dress nicely, appreciate him, make him a drink at the end of the day, smile, and whatever you do, girls, hang on to him because if he dumps you and you're 30+, your chances of catching another man are slim to none:

“If you are in your mid-30s or older the idea that you’re going to find yourself another husband, almost impossible,” Patton predicted. “And if you don’t believe me ask your maiden aunt, she will tell you when she’s done feeding the cats.”

Yes, let's return to the thrilling days of yesteryear where nice girls attended Magnolia College, where the motto was "ring by spring or your money back!" The land where all white families were upper middle class and moms stayed home to vacuum the house wearing high heels and pearls.

Now, there's nothing bad about advice to couples to treat each other with respect, be attentive to your partner's needs, etc.  That's part of a healthy relationship, but it goes both ways. Both partners have to participate.  In the mid '80s, the entertainment at a conference I attended included a skit from the "Ladies Against Women" group, and they offered similar advice about "taking care of your man."  The difference was that they knew they were performing satire, but the woman in this Fox News segment was serious.

Oh, and the segment got worse from there. You see, Republican candidates, talk radio hosts, and now Fox News guests just can't help themselves from babbling about rape — that is the different types of rape. You know, "legitimate" rape vs "mistake sex."

And who’s to blame for society’s unappreciative attitude towards men? “Antagonistic feminists,” of course. Patton argues that activists has forced an “overcorrection” to American culture, in which society has gone from completely ignoring women’s rights to becoming overly sensitive to their needs. In one particularly strange example, Patton has complained that the rape that occurs between acquaintances — commonly referred to as “date rape” — should be called “mistake sex” to avoid diminishing “the true horror of rape.” 

Ok then. Shall we all take bets on which Republican Senate candidate will see his campaign implode when he uses the phrase "mistake sex?"

Hat Tip Media Matters for America and Think Progress.


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