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NYT op-ed reports religious conservative women are 'happiest of all wives in America' — and the social media mob melts down

'Conservative women must be miserable and repressed'

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In the latest episode of "Pseudo-Intellectual," host Lauren Chen talks about a new study featured in a New York Times op-ed, which found that "the happiest of all wives in America are religious conservatives, followed by their religious progressive counterparts."

The op-ed caused a social media uproar, with many critics saying conservative wives will say whatever they're told to say or are happy because they don't know any better.

"We hear the idea pretty often that conservative women must be miserable and repressed, they're like Handmaid's Tale, barefoot in the kitchen," Lauren said. "I just think it's interesting that some of the women who are outright feminists don't understand that some women maybe don't think the way that they do or have the same priorities that they do. Because not only are they saying that [they're] happy not being religious or conservative but that they [religious conservatives] must be unhappy."

"I feel like there's this assumption that being religious and conservative means literally like White Sharia," she added. "Religious women are not being oppressed, at least not in the West. I think what people see as oppression is generally just ... our gender roles."

Catch more of the conversation in the video clip below:

Study Finds Conservative Women Happier Than Liberal Women youtu.be


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