Introducing the Erick Erickson Scientific Family Foundation

Following the furor over his comments on female breadwinners in America last May, conservative media luminary Erick Erickson is launching his Scientific Family Foundation.

The story began with Erickson’s Fox News comments about a Pew study finding that women are the primary breadwinners in 4 out of 10 American households. Among other male panelists who insisted that this signals the disintegration of US society, Erickson said that liberals who applaud this rising number of financially self-sufficient women are being “anti-science.”

“Look at biology, look at the natural world, the roles of a male and a female in society and in other animals, the male typically is the dominant role,” Erickson explained, taking to his website later to tout the “complementary” roles for women nature intended.

Now, his new Scientific Family Foundation will be the first step forward back to how things used to be.

Donations will go to a variety of pilot programs, including confidential crisis counseling centers to help male professionals with stay-at-home wives cope with the trauma of seeing women in the office, and a state-of-the-art inpatient recovery unit for men with female bosses.

The Foundation will also establish a Washington, D.C office which will lobby Congress to discourage female workers. The office’s primary focus will be repealing equal-pay laws, but reducing government funding for early childhood education and daycare programs (which make it too easy for women to spend time outside the home) will be another crucial component of its mission.  Additionally, a Nature’s Way Tax Plan will promote tax breaks for businesses that hire fathers and tax brackets based on gender rather than on income level. A higher tax bracket for women, consistent with the laws of nature, will ensure that everyone realizes the social cost of female earners.

Next, the Foundation’s American Life Committee will join with the Texas state legislature to draft a bill requiring any woman seeking to terminate pregnancy to sign an affidavit confirming that for the next 18 years, her resume will contain a sworn statement noting that she is available for work because she had an abortion.

The Foundation will also launch a 24-hour phone hotline for married women who are considering lucrative career advancements. Any mother wrestling with the dilemma of how much she should earn in relation to her husband will be able to call 1-800-KIDS-1ST and discuss her family budget with a trained financial counselor. He can recommend healthy options like moving to a smaller home, keeping female children out of college, asking her husband to take a second job, and not shopping at Whole Foods anymore.

Meanwhile, Scientific Family Foundation rallies at college campuses across the country will promote early marriage, educate young women on the moral injury of balancing motherhood and career, and urge admissions staff to cap the rates of women admitted to top institutions, all of which will address the female breadwinner problem at its source.

The Foundation will also tackle the student-loan crisis head-on by promoting a second option for college-age females that will replace the detrimental job-hunting cycle with a focus on dating. Federal courtship loans – up to $25,000 a year – will allow American women to live comfortably until they marry, at which time the loans will enter repayment. But as soon as the loan-holder marries, the interest on the loan, as well as the cost of the wedding, will become tax-deductible.

Fewer women on the job market will reduce competition for high-paying jobs and lower male unemployment rates without the need to resort to welfare programs. This will improve the overall economy as America’s children recover from the evil of working moms, and Erick Erickson’s Scientific Family Foundation will ensure male dominance in the workplace and beyond for many years to come.

To learn more and to donate, visit the Erick Erickson Scientific Family Foundation website.

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  1. This is obviously upsetting for more than one reason — but his comments really piss me off because my mom was the breadwinner and my dad raised the kids in my family! And I’ve never once heard them talk about feminism or anything…it’s just the way things were for them. I’m pretty sure they were just happy things worked out between having someone there and having another making more money to support everyone.

    Furthermore, I feel like traditional men who work and want women to raise kids don’t even know what they’re doing when it comes to child care. It’s pathetic!

    • Alaina Mabaso June 8, 2013 — 9:43 am

      My parents both worked really hard when I was growing up, but I have lots of very nurturing memories from both. And I also would hate to look down on any parent who was the primary caretaker vs breadwinner. People should be able to do whatever works best for their families and there’s no such thing as “just a stay-at-home mom/dad.” Their work is important. Maybe Erickson’s pals in Congress should legislate a salary for them…

  2. So what will happen to more traditionally female-dominated (and lower paying) professions like teaching or nursing? If women are pushed out will those field suddenly become irresistible to hordes of men? And would baseline salaries increase?

    • Well I think anyone would agree that men deserve to make more money, period, because they’re biologically equipped to do so. So yes, if more men took up teaching and nursing, I’m sure those industries would catch on the scientific imperative of higher pay for men. Personally, I’m not sure why men aren’t already threatened by the sheer number of teachers who are female – are these women, working outside the home, what we want as immediate role models to our kids?

  3. So yeah, these guys are radical, but that doesn’t mean that families who function this way (mother at home, father working) are “primitive.” It works.

    But to tell the mother she can’t do anything other than mothering and cleaning,well, that’s when it goes to far. Both parents are equals, meant to support each other and help each other grow (including careers).

    Each family has different circumstances. When I become a mother, I would prefer to stay home with my children until they are old enough to go to school. I don’t think I’d be able to stand leaving them at a day care during their first years. (Plus I couldn’t afford it.)

    To be honest, my career isn’t as important to me as my ability to have children. Is that wrong? No. Being a mother is a great blessing.

    But that’s not to say that I don’t want to pursue my career. I’ve worked hard to get my degree. One reason why I chose my profession is because I know I can do a lot of it from home. Once they are in school again, I could go back to the office. 🙂

    Your articles always inspire long comments. 😛 Great blog!

    • I always appreciate your comments – thanks for reading. The only thing that annoys me as much as telling women they shouldn’t earn as much as men is denigrating women who choose to stay home. It’s all the same syndrome that trounces on women’s agency. Motherhood is just as valid a job as any other, and no woman should be ashamed of passing up a career to do it, if that is truly her choice. In my own perfect world, I’ll be able to do a lot of work from home, with some childcare help, b/c I’ve cultivated a writing career. Setting myself up for this scenario was definitely a factor in my job choice.

  4. Another great post! These issues really make my blood boil. Both of my parents supported our family with full-time jobs. They didn’t have a choice. My mom worked at night and my dad worked during the day. During the week, I barely saw my mother. Sometimes their shifts changed, so whoever was available to do what needed to be done, did it. No one ever thought it odd that my dad often made or contributed to meals. We were all involved in tending our garden, fixing things, doing laundry, dishes and cleaning the yard and the house. I never got a free pass for anything because I’m female and my brother was never exempt from doing and learning things, including cooking, because he’s male. This produced two highly functional, balanced human beings who understand that being responsible means being flexible and thinking outside of gender.

    • yeah, it’s a shame that we approach so many of life’s tasks through the prism of gender – this is for men, this is for women, etc – instead of seeing them as human tasks that just need to get done. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  5. Maybe there’s something I’m losing in my translation (I’m Norwegian), but this seems a bit creepy to me. Clearly something has gone wrong, but a step back to the way families used to be isn’t necessarily the solution. It used to be that everything was hidden inside the family, and what looked like the perfect family was far from always what it looked like. I grew up in a dysfunctional family like that myself. My mother was the breadwinner and my father spent the Money.

    There is a similar debate among Norwegian bloggers at the moment. The issue is part time workers, which are usually women. I suspect that the real issue in both countries is that some people want women to stay at home, so that men don’t have to accept any responsibility when they come home from work. That’s how it used to be. I’m glad my daughter grows up with multiple options. One of them is of course to work at home, but personally I hope she doesn’t choose that one.

    • Well, I don’t know if you’re feeling creepy because you’re missing the satire (I made up this foundation as a parody of Erickson’ views), but I agree that the whole attitude that society is falling apart because of bread-winning women is disturbing – not to mention having no basis in actual studies on the topic involving working mothers and child welfare.

      I think your point that some men want women home because they feel that absolves the man from household responsibility is an interesting way to look at it. Maybe it’s about not having to do any dishes, laundry or childcare, instead of being about preserving the “traditional,” “dominant” social role of the man. I work full-time and I do 99% of the housework, while my husband sits on the couch after work. Fortunately I have a flexible, non-traditional work schedule that lets me intersperse household chores with work assignments. I don’t know how women who work 9-5 in an office manage it.

      I hope your daughter ends up doing whatever makes her happiest! Thanks for reading.

      • Oops! (I often miss satire and yes,) I did it again. Often wondered myself how women who work full time also manage to work full time at home. It doesn’t bother me if that’s their own choice, but I find it challenging enoughjust doing half the chores after work.

      • You’re so right that keeping a house in order is a SECOND full-time job. Bravo to you for doing half the chores!

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