Turns out the subject of women as breadwinners is making the rounds in the media, and conservative news outlets.
Some talking heads voiced some rather backwards ideas about a "natural order" in the household without backing it up with any data.
This is where PZ Myers enters the game, of course, to call the Republican/Libertarian crowd that they are a bunch of idiots.
While it's amusing to read a takedown of hardcore Bible thumpers, PZ ends on a rather bizarre note:
Here’s the deal, Fox News. The world is changing. It’s not getting worse, it’s getting different, and I know that’s the kind of thing that makes bitter, cranky old conservatives weep into their scotch and water, but deal with it. Besides, you’ll be dead soon and won’t care any more.
And it’s not just getting different, it’s getting better — those women in the workforce are more independent, more free, and living more fulfilling lives that matter. Welcome it. And hey, how about getting off your privileged butts and making sure that they get paid the same as men, so those families and children you’re so fucking concerned about can get by?
This appears to be some sort of argument, but it lacks any awareness of America's economic realities.
Employment rates are not good.
Many people are underwater on their mortgage and/or carry too much high interest debts.
How does PZ read this situation?
The solution that PZ puts forward is ostensibly pay equity legislation. Beyond that, things are just fine!
Somehow the answer to all our problems is to guarantee females get paid the same as their unemployed and underemployed male counterparts!
Of course, had PZ actually read the articles in question instead of responding to the data by simply stating the opposite of whatever conservative talking heads said, he may have had something substantive to add.
Forget what data might mean.
Forget that Egypt is reporting a similar reality without a correlation to women's empowerment.
Forget that the female breadwinners are more often than not to be members of lower income households.
The important part is that we disagree with the theocratic evildoers!