They haven’t learned a damn thing.
Just one month ago, Fox News caved to public pressure over Bill O’Reilly’s numerous sexual abuse allegations. Techly covered it over here, if you missed the whole thing.
But after the Fox News messenger bot sent out a scarily ’50s-era update, Twitter users have called out the network for not showing a sliver of self-awareness about the O’Reilly controversy. Not oooooone bit.
The article, titled ‘Most men just want a woman who’s nice’, is archaic and patronising. The crux of it seems to be: women should be nice to their husbands, because their husbands deserve to chill out.
It’s unsurprising – although disappointing – that the article was written by a woman. Sexism is inherent in all facets of society, and the article’s author genuinely tries to justify her beliefs by explaining that masculinity is actually really difficult:
“Most women do want a man who’s kind, but that’s not the same as nice. Ask any guy you know, and he’ll likely give you example after example of women they know who said they wanted a nice guy but in reality wanted a bad boy. That’s because just as most men are attracted to femininity, or softness, most women are attracted to masculinity. And masculinity is hard. Gruff. Take charge.”
“Gruff. Take charge” isn’t actually saying anything. They’re just irrelevant buzzwords, but OK.
The rest of the article reads like one of those bullshit ‘How to be the perfect housewife’ manuals from the 1950s. If you’re “nice”, it will be easier for men to love you. So, ladies, be on your best behaviour. It’s not about dominance and subservience, though, because “most husbands have no desire to lord over their wives, but they don’t want to fight with them either. All they want is peace.”
“And the nicer you are, the more likely they are to find it.”
Get. In. The. Bin.
Fox News haven’t learned and haven’t listened, but they are catering to a particularly conservative niche of society. If you feel ready to lose faith in common decency, read the comments section of the article.
If not, Twitter’s here to help you vent some frustration:
— Robert Kirkham (@RobertKirkhamBN) May 11, 2017
Fox News alerts, like if 1950s could text you pic.twitter.com/cWHEJdsP2v
— Ben Reininga (@BenReininga) May 11, 2017
this is the worst Dr. Seuss book I've ever read pic.twitter.com/OBvRE4uLFv
— Melissa Radzimski (@melissaradz) May 11, 2017
Is this a news alert or a cry for help? pic.twitter.com/Gr0HcSMjYk
— Paul Owen (@PaulTOwen) May 11, 2017