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Earlier this week, Lou Dobbs brought the issue of a new Pew poll to the attention of a panel discussion on Fox Business. The poll found that women are now the “breadwinners” in 40% of U.S. households. The panel, which consisted entirely of male Fox News commentators, saw the study as evidence that America is crumbling and its social structure imploding.

On Thursday, Fox News host Greta Van Susteren took to her blog to lambast her colleagues, asking, “Have these men lost their minds?” She suggested that the men might next be commenting on the elimination of women’s right to vote.

Her criticism was short, as the men’s comments speak for themselves.

The first panel member to speak, Fox News Policical Analyst Juan Williams, said the study shows “the disintegration of marriage” and is a sign of “something going terribly wrong in American society.” Williams also put forth the opinion that the news is bad for children.

Fox News Contributor Erick Erickson next stated that the study contradicts his view of the natural world.

“When you look at biology, look at the natural world, the roles of a male and a female in society and other animals, the male typically is the dominant role,” said Eriickson. “The female is not antithesis or it’s not competing, it’s a complimentary role. We as people in a smart society have lost the ability to have complimentary relationships in nuclear families and it’s tearing us apart.”

Fox News Contributor Doug Schoen rounded out the panel by agreeing with Williams, calling the poll result a “catastrophic issue.”

“…Sadly, no one on the left, right, or center is dealing with the breakdown of family structure,” said Schoen. “We’re losing a generation. Bottom line: it could undermine our social order.”

Grata Van Susteren: ‘Have These Men Lost Their Minds?’
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  • Pam V

    The premise that “America is crumbling and its social structure is imploding” is NOT proven by the fact that women are now the “breadwinners” in 40% of U.S. households. Women are better educated and more likely to advance in their selected fields than in the past. The disintegration of the “family unit” occurred when men and women began forgoing the marriage contract. Cohabitation became the norm with men making out like bandits. Women have nothing substantial to gain from shacking up and I am of the opinion that the majority only do so out of a groundless fear of being alone. Statistics prove that couples who “play like they are married” prior to making the commitment of being wed do not avoid the divorce courts. In fact, the percentages tell us that they are actually more likely to divorce than those who do not shack up. Women, ever the nurturing sex, are left with the responsibilities of child-rearing when the live in lover has taken his leave. It behooves them to become financially adept breadwinners. Women could fix this inequity in just one generation if they had the courage to tell men, “hell no I won’t allow you the privilege of knowing me intimately until you commit to me with a marriage contract. Period. Men are natural users and women are needy. It’s an arrangement made in hell. Will things change? Not a chance.

    • Donald Hipp Sr

      More and more, both women and men are seeking comfort from their own gender. Men see women as emotional. Gee, I wonder why. Women see men as “projects” to mold into their Knight in Shining Armor. More and more, the sexes are resenting One another. Had an appointment with an LPN and when she said she never smoked, I said “Smart Girl. Geez. The way she reacted you’d think I had slapped her. Damn women, it’s your turn to grow up.

    • Colleen Ray

      I agree with you, Pam V. Women are moving up and trying to improve life for all of us. Men are moving backward, and blaming all women for their problems.

  • Xenu

    No Greta, YOU have lost your mind because you are a member of the Church of Scientology.

  • Carole H

    A woman living alone is not as safe as having a roommate, and having a boyfriend living with her is probably safer, still. Of course living with family until she marries is an option. But when children come there will be a need for care and financial support coming from her and the father whether they are married or not. I never thought of it as biology. However, living on the father’s income and having the mother at home taking care of everybody would be my ideal. Being married at the time would be beneficial as an example for the children. I think rearing children is a full time job, and there is time later for the nurturing parent to pursue more education and/or join the workplace. But, everything changes if the father isn’t around or leaves and financial support is insufficient. I suppose I’m saying that I think a couple shouldn’t have children unless they are married and each person accepts a responsible role. If mort people did begin doing this, then I think things could change for the better. The materialism that seems to be everywhere would have to change. Having a mom in the home full time is more important than a large house that is empty all day.

  • john

    This is not unlike Romneys 47 percent remark. Yep its your fault women that the men are leaving. And on top of that you should not work hurting the job for men. I wonder what they feel about Palin and her working? To funny.

    • Donald Hipp Sr

      If you only look at the flaws, that is all you see. A woman, as a single mother rule, lives a difficult life of poverty. The boys tend to have problems finding their way, and being broke all the time doesn’t help. YOur 47% remark is off point. And welfare motherhood is not a career.

      • Colleen Ray

        And where the Hell are those fathers?! Skipping out on their responsibilities, as usual. Sex means far more to you than accepting any responsibilities for running around with your pants down. If you don’t want to be fathers, wear condoms. It’s as easy as that, men. Don’t create children you are going to abandon and then blame every bit of the problem on women who are trying to take responsibility for the children.

  • Donald Hipp Sr

    The first thing this “NEW” woman we’ve been seeing in the last 44 yrs has to do is say, “Have these men lost their minds”.You can present all the empirical data to support the fact that, boys need a father. Without a positve male presence, the guys have a difficult time fitting in. There is no role more important than that of Mother AND Father. Megyn Kelly went off on Dobbs about the same thing, as did Whopee Goldberg and Barbara Walters on The View. Anne Coulter mentioned that 68% of incarcerated males were from single parent homes, and, I’m guessing that Megyn , barbara and Whopee are single mothers.

  • Donald Hipp Sr

    The first thing this “NEW” woman we’ve been seeing in the last 44 yrs has to do is say, “Have these men lost their minds”.You can present all the empirical data to support the fact that, boys need a father. Without a positve male presence, the guys have a difficult time fitting in. There is no role more important than that of Mother AND Father. Megyn Kelly went off on Dobbs about the same thing, as did Whopee Goldberg and Barbara Walters on The View. Anne Coulter mentioned that 68% of incarcerated males were from single parent homes, and, I’m guessing that Megyn , Barbara and Whoopee are single mothers. Maybe Grea is too. Chris Rock had a great line, “Sure, a woman can raise a child by herself. You can drive a car with your feet, but it isn’t a good idea.

  • Donald Hipp Sr

    More and more, both women and men are seeking comfort from their own gender. Ma\en sere women as emotional. Gee, I wonder why. Women see men as “projects” to mold into their Knight in Shining Armor. More and more, the sexes are resenting pne another. Had an appointment with an LPN and when she said she never smoked, I said “Smart Girl. Geez. The way she reacted you’d think I slap her. Damn women, it’s your turn to grow up.

    • Colleen Ray

      You are a perfect example of of what’s wrong with men today. They ARE losing their minds and are clearly showing their Neanderthal nature. Women are trying to evolve, while men are trying hard to prevent this. Women are constantly having to fight men to get the same rights men have; the rights men gave all men. The abuse in every area of life that women suffer from men has to stop. If you men want to improve your lives it won’t be by de-evolving; but by evolving forward and accepting that this world belongs to females, too, and treating them as inferior to yourselves is WRONG. Coming together and working on the world’s problems will bring a better life to all of us. But women must continually fight mens’ attitudes and abuse. Men, grow up!

    • http://drjohnturman.com John Turman

      Mr. Hipp,

      Would you have resented that woman patting you on the head and saying, “Thank you, Boy?”

      I’m betting Miss Manners would say that an adult man at an appointment with an adult, professional woman should NEVER call her “Girl.” Any more than she should call you “Boy.”

      Because both of you are grown up and should be acknowledged as such.

  • awk

    Men are superior to women period. Every invention:going to space, penicillin, flying, the automobile etc was a male-created invention. Let’s all be honest with each other. I agree with Erikson that the woman’s role is to complement the man’s role.
    Therefore a society that encourages men to abdicate their God-given role will inevitably disintegrate and washed away.
    Wake up america! Don’t let these damn liberals ruin our society.

  • j.l.

    Come on girls! This woman can’t believe that Greta and Megan along with others, got upset about Lou having a conversation with America over a Pew study. And the stats ought to be disturbing because of the amount of women who are the head of a household and who are in poverty versus the stat of only 9% in poverty who are married. Did anyone not pay attention to what was being said? And stop blaming only the men for making a baby, it takes two to tango. The federal government broke up the family structure with approval from feminist women who kept saying over and over that you don’t need a man to raise a child. Greta and Megan, I am a woman, wife, mother, grandmother, stop being so sensitive, and pay attention to what Lou was trying to tell America. Ann Coulter got it right.