Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Friday ripped network colleagues Lou Dobbs and Erick Erickson over their apparent horror at a new study that women are increasingly becoming the primary breadwinners in their families -- and didn't take kindly to Dobbs sarcastically referring to her as "oh dominant one."
Dobbs and Erickson were defending their comments from earlier this week on Fox Business' "Lou Dobbs Tonight" that the study's findings are bad for society. Erickson has drawn particular scrutiny and outrage for saying it goes against "biology," and then following up with a blog post calling males "dominant" in most animal species.
"What makes me submissive and you dominant?" Kelly asked.
Erickson said he wanted to make the point that it isn't "healthy for society when we think that roles of gender can be completely interchangeable" -- which Kelly said wasn't his initial argument.
Dobbs said traditionally male-held jobs are declining, but said any debate about women in the workplace must include the impact of the divorce rate and the proliferation of single-parent households -- which Kelly interrupted by asking how he could attribute either to working women.
"Excuse me, let me just finish what I'm saying, oh dominant one," a clearly-irked Dobbs said.
"Excuse me?" Kelly asked.
After Dobbs tried to steer the conversation back to the impact of single-parent households on children, Kelly declared the topic off-limits and turned back specifically to the issue of working women. She read from Erickson's new blog where he wrote, "the truth -- kids mostly will do best in households where they have a mom at home nurturing them while dad is out bringing home the bacon." Kelly then cited a 50-year study that called that simply incorrect.
“Why should we take your word for it, Erick Erickson’s science?" she asked, before noting that there were large numbers of people in the 1950s and '60s who believed interracial marriages led to biologically inferior children.
"They said it was science and fact if you were the child of a black father and white mother or vice versa, you were inferior and not set up for success. Tell that to Barack Obama," Kelly said.
During Wednesday's initial panel discussion, Erickson called it "anti-science" to defend women being the primary breadwinners in their households.
"When you look at biology, look at the natural world, the roles of a male and a female in society, and other animals, the male typically is the dominant role," he said. "The female, it's not antithesis, or it's not competing, it's a complementary role. We as people in a smart society have lost the ability to have complementary relationships in nuclear families, and it's tearing us apart."
Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren also subsequently slammed her male colleagues for their views.
"Have these men lost their minds? (and these are my colleagues??!! oh brother… maybe I need to have a little chat with them) (next thing they will have a segment to discuss eliminating women’s right to vote?)," Van Susteren posted on her blog Thursday.
Watch the original panel discussion:
We had lively and extensive discussion on this topic on Friday's BlazeCast: