It’s not hard to make liberal feminists angry. Yet the amount of outrage generated by an op-ed written by one conservative women on how to make men happy is surprising, even for the easily-offended liberals.
Writing for “The Federalist,” Inez Feltscher argues that one of the best gifts a wife can give her husband is staying fit for him. “The unspeakable truth is this: a spouse’s physical appearance is much more likely to be important to men than women,” she wrote. “Maintaining their figures and beauty — through reasonable efforts — is one important way that women can make their husbands happy.”
She continued to say that men are more visual than women are, which would mean that men care more about their wife’s appearance than wives do about their husband’s. “Women are no less shallow than men when it comes to sheer attraction, but they are different,” Feltscher said. “Women tend to be turned on by men who display social dominance, power, or the ability to provide more than by hunky looks. The de-emphasis that women place on physical appearance sometimes leads us to project our own attraction patterns onto our spouses: sure, it’s easy for us to imagine still loving our husbands plus 50 pounds, but how easy is it for us to feel as gung-ho about, say, their extended unemployment?”
Perhaps not unsurprisingly, people took incredible offense to this argument.
Shocking that “be your healthy self (whatever that is) & acknowledge that your husband also has needs” is such a stir-up concept these days. https://t.co/fxZIXolxGJ
— Inez Stepman (@InezFeltscher) June 27, 2017
At “Yahoo Beauty,” Beth Greenfield slammed the article. “Bottom line, Feltscher’s brand of advice is bizarrely out-of-date; it’s so sexist that it’s actually kind of funny, in an I Dream of Jeannie kind of way,” she said. “It’s also probably really depressingly unhelpful for anyone who might truly be having relationship issues.”
Kylie Cheung at “Mediaite” likewise was not impressed and argued that this was insulting to men. “First and foremost, it may be that this line is supposed to be an insult to women and feminism, but if you think about it, it’s really just insulting to men by suggesting they’re small-minded enough to not be attracted to a woman unless she dedicates her whole life to trying to please them,” Cheung wrote. “Surely men deserve more credit than that?”
Do you agree with Feltscher’s argument that women should keep themselves fit for their husbands?
*** This story originally appeared at Right Wing News ***