Target: Fox News
Goal: Ask Fox News to remove article that claims women should cherish traditional gender roles.
Fox News correspondent Suzanne Venker recently published an online article entitled ‘To be happy, we must admit women and men aren’t ‘equal.’’’ In this article, Venker blames feminism for the decline of marriage and implies that women should accept their “separate but equal” status as wives and mothers. She even goes so far as to say that prior to the Women’s Rights Movement, women could not be considered oppressed because men fought on the front lines and opened doors for women. Instead of targeting feminism and blaming women for the downfall of traditional marriage, Fox News should be encouraging female viewers to pursue their ambitions, whether that involves marriage, childbearing, pursuing a career, or some combination thereof.
Feminism is often labeled in negative ways, and the media tends to portray feminists as women who hate men, despise chivalry, and prefer non-traditional relationships. These media outlets, such as Fox News, fail to mention that feminists are the reason that women can vote, work, and obtain birth control today. Not only has feminism helped women to gain rights, but the term also encompasses a broad range of beliefs and values. Feminism today is various as the women who are involved in it. Some feminists focus on reproductive rights, some on the discrepancies of pay and promotions in the workplace, and others on literary and cinematic representations of women. All of these variations of feminism continue to serve a crucial role in American culture–ensuring that women have a choice in their lives and in the way they are valued.
Girls and young women rely on the media to gather social cues about the world around them. When biased articles such as this one insist that women should be happy with the status quo, these young women are learning that their future is limited. Please ask Fox News to remove this article.
Dear Fox News,
Recently, Suzanne Venker published an article on the Fox News website entitled ‘To be happy, we must admit women and men aren’t ‘equal.’’’ Venker insisted in this article that women, and particularly feminists, are to blame for the downfall of traditional marriage. She even claimed that women were not really oppressed prior to the Women’s Rights Movement because men fought on the front lines and held doors open them. This article entirely misses the point of feminism and misinterprets what modern women expect out of their lives. Feminism is about giving women a choice in their lives, which is exactly what most women expect and want.
Venker also wrote that the only reason that we don’t see more female CEOs and more stay-at-home dads is because traditional gender roles are fixed. She ignores that evidence that stay-at-home fathers have become much more common in recent years, and does not address the issues of structural sexism that often prevent women from obtaining promotions in the workplace. Feminism is not a dirty word, and Fox News should not be portraying it that way. Indeed, feminists are the reason that women can vote, work, obtain birth control, and are even the reason that Venker was able to find a platform in the media to express her opinions.
Girls and young women rely on social cues from the media to determine how the world works. By insisting that women should be satisfied with traditional gender roles, Fox News is telling the youth of our nation to be happy with the status quo and that women have limited potential in the future. Please support the rights of women and remove Venker’s article from your website.
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