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FoxNews.com ‘War On Men’ Author Clears The Whole Thing Up: ‘I Didn’t Think That Much About It’

Suzanne Venker, the author of a Fox News column entitled “The War On Men,” now says that the outrage over her editorial is all a misunderstanding. The roundly-panned essay, based on Venker’s forthcoming book, asked the “intriguing” question “What if the dearth of good men, and ongoing battle of the sexes, is — hold on to your seats — women’s fault?”

In the face of withering backlash, Venker told The Daily Beast‘s David Freedlander that she didn’t mean to write about women and men, and that “Husband and wife would have been better than men and women.”

Let’s try out that theory. Here’s what Venker wrote on FoxNews.com:

Contrary to what feminists like Hanna Rosin, author of The End of Men, say, the so-called rise of women has not threatened men. It has pissed them off. It has also undermined their ability to become self-sufficient in the hopes of someday supporting a family. Men want to love women, not compete with them. They want to provide for and protect their families – it’s in their DNA. But modern women won’t let them.

It’s all so unfortunate – for women, not men. Feminism serves men very well: they can have sex at hello and even live with their girlfriends with no responsibilities whatsoever.

Now, here’s the same passage, using the “husbands and wives” formulation:

Contrary to what feminists like Hanna Rosin, author of The End of Men, say, the so-called rise of wives has not threatened husbands. It has pissed them off. It has also undermined their ability to become self-sufficient in the hopes of someday supporting a family. Husbands want to love wives, not compete with them. They want to provide for and protect their families – it’s in their DNA. But modern wives won’t let them.

It’s all so unfortunate – for wives, not husbands. Feminism serves husbands very well: they can have sex at hello and even live with their girlfriends with no responsibilities whatsoever.

The good news for “wives,” the New Coke version explains, is that if they “surrender to their nature,” then “marriageable men will come out of the woodwork.” That ought to make for a solid weekend pest-control project.

Venker explained to Freedlander why her explanation bore no resemblance to what she actually wrote, which was specifically about men and women who aren’t, and never will be (if evil feminists have their way), married:

“All I can say in my defense is that it can be so hard when you write as much as I’ve written—three books, articles, blogs—you think you have said something but you haven’t. It’s like I am thinking something and I am so clear about it and I think what I have said is that. I don’t know. I don’t know. I didn’t think that much about it.”

Now it makes sense.

(h/t Wonkette)

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