Re Fox News:
There was the time, for example, that Fox contributor Erik Erickson said that men should be “dominant” over women in families. Or when an all-male panel bemoaned the rise of female breadwinners in the United States. Or when a host wondered if there was something about the female brain that was a “deterrent” to being a business executive. Or, my personal favorite, when Andrea Tantaros suggested that a female high school teacher who sexually abused a student did so because of … feminism.
You may not like these ideas Ms. Valenti but you should be defending to the death the right of people to think them, say them and broadcast them. Because it is only that freedom which leads to your being able to state whatever passes over your synapses.
There are, after all, plenty of societies, both historical and current, which do not have free speech. And which would jail you or worse for what you state as being your beliefs.
So long as the network is a mouthpiece for the right, it will continue to reflect outdated notions about women’s roles.
The entire conservative movement is built on a foundation that assumes traditional gender roles are best, that women belong in the home and that it is natural for men to be sexually aggressive. That is not a problem that begins or ends with one man; it’s a problem with an entire vision of politics and society.
And you get to disagree with it but you don’t get to ban it.