Tucker Carlson Blames Successful Women For The Decline of Men
Fox News host Tucker Carlson believes that women who are financially successful are contributing to the decline of men across the country, according to a recent segment on his program.
On Wednesday evening, Carlson described questionable trends using supposed studies that he did not cite or name on his show, saying that higher-earning women were emasculating men across the country.
As “manufacturing and [other] male-dominated” industries went on the decline, Carlson asserted, schools, hospitals and other “traditionally” female-dominant roles went on the rise. “[I]n many areas, women suddenly made more than men,” Carlson said.
He also claimed that alcohol and drug abuse were higher in areas where women were outperforming men, adding that there were “higher incarceration rates” in these places too, without providing specific data to support his point.
As a result, Carlson went on to say, women earning more created societal problems for the next generation.
“Over big populations this causes a drop in marriage, a spike in out-of-wedlock births and all the familiar disasters that inevitably follow,” Carlson said, per reporting from Media Matters.
There is data that supports the idea that women who earn more than their husbands are more likely to divorce their partners than those who do not have that kind of earning power. But researches have ideas on why that is. Women (and their paychecks) shouldn’t necessarily be faulted for it.
“Maybe a high-earning woman is more likely to divorce simply because she can, because she has the financial independence to kind of walk away,” FiveThirtyEight.com’s Mona Chalabi said, according to an interview she participated in with National Public Radio.
As for emasculating men, research has shown that women actually take on more “traditional” household chores if they earn more income. The idea is that women don’t want men to feel “burdened” by their new incomes, and so they take on more responsibilities around the house than they already had.
Another factor leading to animosity between couples is that men are more likely to cheat on their partners if the woman in the relationship earns more. That isn’t the fault of a woman making more money — it’s the fault of men believing they have to live up to social pressures or to feel more “manly” in their lives and attitudes, according to researchers’ theories. A man who is wholly dependent on his wife’s income, for example, is five times more likely to have an affair, Chalabi said.
The research suggests that women earning more money isn’t to blame — if anything, a society that places greater importance on men succeeding is the issue. Carlson’s “reporting,” if you can call it that, doesn’t look into solutions other than keeping a woman’s income down.
In fact, when women earn less money, it correlates with higher rates of domestic violence, according to research from the National Institutes of Health. Yet the Fox News host didn’t seem to want to address that point in his reporting.