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Does a Woman Need a Man? Feminists and Conservatives Continue their Debate

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Liberals and conservatives are at it again, fighting over whether or not a woman should pursue a full-time career, or dedicate all of her time to her family.  Is there room for a balance?

Amanda Marcotte, writing for, had issues with a woman who appeared on Fox to argue that women should quit their jobs and stay home to raise better children.  She recites the words of Gloria Steinem 40 years ago, who said that “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle,” and ridicules the woman for valuing her family over her own career needs.

“There’s more to life outside of work,” said Suzanne Venker, who also wrote an article on the topic for Fox News.

“And I think that’s something that we don’t hear enough about, because women especially are geared towards career career career work work work and they spend years preparing for this one part of their lives,” she said.

Here is more of what Venker said in her article:

“Financial independence is a great thing, but you can’t take your paycheck to bed with you. And there’s nothing empowering about being beholden to an employer when what you really want is to have a baby. That’s dependency of a different sort.

This is the conclusion to which most women have come. Research shows that what women want more than anything else is not to work full-time and year-round but to live balanced lives.”

Marcotte didn’t agree with Venker, making fun of her in her piece on the more liberal platform.   She says that it doesn’t make sense that men can have time to work and women do not.  She feels that Venker’s argument that men and women have different biological needs is nonsense. So, is she saying that men and women are the same?

“How it is that men have enough time in the day to work full time but women do not is a mystery left unexamined in this segment. Venker does say, “Biology matters. Men and women are different,” but fails to elaborate on what those differences are and how they make it so men have all the time they need to work full time, but women can’t pull it off. Men make 23 percent more money than women for full time work, but do they also have 23 percent more minutes in the day to get it all done? I hadn’t heard that!”

It appears that the battle between feminists and more traditional women continues.  But where do black women fit into this conversation?  Please, give us  your take.




    December 10, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    I personally thing people should live the life that they like regardless of what anybody else says or thinks. Marriage and cohabitation is not for everybody. To try to put someone in some type of specific circle dictating how they should live is ridiculous, especially in this current day and age.

    But what really amazes me is that when a woman makes a lot of money the first thing they say is that they don’t need a man, and everybody jumps up and applauds them.

    If a man says the same thing he is looked down upon as being some kind of animal or worse. People should just let others live their own lives and stay out of their business.

    • Jeana

      December 11, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      People are just voicing their opinion; not trying to get into anyone’s business.

      Now at the end of this article it ask where to Black Women fit into this conversation? Could someone please tell me what is the difference? Now if it were to ask where does birds and camels fit into this conversation, then I would have to think.

  2. docmeb

    December 10, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I need a women,, and this all is B.S.

  3. teddybarexxx

    December 10, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Ppl lets be honest no one necessarily need anyone to do something for them. When the question is asked do a woman needs a man we immediately start trying to figure out “to what degree”? In my opinion WE ALL need each other GOD created us that way. Do you need a man to take care of you no, do you need a man to validate you as a woman, no, however we all need companionship. That is something that is design for a man to give to a woman and a woman to a man and again that is companionship. What is not needed is what often times happen us the disrespect, lack of trust, infidelity and the list goes on is what we as men and women can do without, but the companionship is something that we very must so need from each other

    • Jeana

      December 11, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      companionship, not necessary. You can have a woman companion, not a lover if you are not a lesbian, just a friend. To me companionship is the same as friendship. Look it up in the dictionary……companionship. You don’t have to have a man not even for companionship. You may rather have a man, but it is not necessary for a woman to have a man for companionship.


      December 11, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      yes this is so true! no one knows every last situation to deal with it with one answer.

  4. Jeana

    December 11, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    If a woman NEEDED a man, then how in the world it is possible for all these women to continue to work, take care of themselves and raise a family. Millions of women are doing just that. So how could anyone say a “A WOMAN NEEDS A MAN” why is it so that so many women are lesbians? A WOMAN DOES NOT “NEED” A MAN. Men can build a woman up or tear them town if they allow it and who wants a man who is going to tear you down; better off by yourself. Amen. And I am a woman without a man and I am just too dam happy. I don’t have any drama what so ever in my life. Thank God. I don’t need a man. I was married twice and divorced twice. Ask me if I am happier than I was then?………..YOU BET. I have a male friend I date, but I certainly don’t need his ass. He’s just a friend.

    • bubles

      December 11, 2013 at 8:15 pm


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