4 hilariously sarcastic reactions to Fox's 'War on Men' column

Fox's Suzanne Venker blames falling marriage rates on the rise of women, and the internet scoffs in disbelief

"What if the dearth of good men, and ongoing battle of the sexes, is — hold on to your seats — women's fault?" wonders Suzanne Venker at Fox News.
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"The War on Men," a Fox News op-ed by Suzanne Venker, has provoked outrage and scorn from critics for essentially blaming marital problems on women's supposed anger and irrationality. After examining a Pew study that shows a rise in women ages 18 to 34 who say a successful marriage is "one of the most important things in their lives," while the share of men saying the same has dropped, Venker concludes that "modern women want to get married. Trouble is, men don't." But why? The answer is simple, Venker says: "Women aren't women anymore." They're feminists. And men don't like it. Here, an excerpt:

To say gender relations have changed dramatically is an understatement. Ever since the sexual revolution, there has been a profound overhaul in the way men and women interact. Men haven't changed much — they had no revolution that demanded it — but women have changed dramatically. In a nutshell, women are angry. They’re also defensive, though often unknowingly. That’s because they’ve been raised to think of men as the enemy. Armed with this new attitude, women pushed men off their pedestal (women had their own pedestal, but feminists convinced them otherwise) and climbed up to take what they were taught to believe was rightfully theirs. Now the men have nowhere to go. … Fortunately, there is good news: women have the power to turn everything around. All they have to do is surrender to their nature — their femininity — and let men surrender to theirs. If they do, marriageable men will come out of the woodwork.

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Jessica Hullinger

Jessica Hullinger is a writer and former deputy editor of The Week Digital. Originally from the American Midwest, she completed a degree in journalism at Indiana University Bloomington before relocating to New York City, where she pursued a career in media. After joining The Week as an intern in 2010, she served as the title’s audience development manager, senior editor and deputy editor, as well as a regular guest on “The Week Unwrapped” podcast. Her writing has featured in other publications including Popular Science, Fast Company, Fortune, and Self magazine, and she loves covering science and climate-related issues.