Are "awful looking women" to blame for failed marriages?
Radical televangelist Pat Robertson would like you to think so. I know the stuff the 82-year-old Christian conservative says regarding women is totally misogynistic, which is why I take it with a grain of salt. But his latest rant has left me livid! It came as a response to a teen who wrote in to Maxim magazine asking for advice regarding his parents' relationship. As he explained, his father seems to spend too much time playing video games instead of paying attention to his lonely mom.
Robertson's suggestion--not that anybody asked for it--is that maybe it's his mother's fault for being "hard-nosed" and ugly. But that's not all...
Then he goes on to tell the a hateful story which he apparently finds extremely funny, as he said so himself during a recent episode of the Christian Broadcasting Network's "700 Club":
A woman came to a preacher that I know, and she was awful looking. I mean, her hair was all torn up and she was overweight and looked terrible, clothes bad and everything. And she said, 'Oh, Reverend, what can I do? My husband has started to drink.' And the preacher looked at her and said, 'Madam, if I was married to you I'd start to drink too.'
Can Robertson get any more insulting and sexist than that? His utter disrespect for women is undeniable! Maybe somebody should tell the televangelist that it's actually awful looking, beer-bellied, unkept husbands who are to blame for failed marriages!
The sad part is that I have no doubts in my mind that a lot of men out there think exactly like Robertson--most of them just don't say it out loud because they know they'd be lynched.
I'm sick and tired of the double-standard. Truth is that while I agree that neither a man or a woman should let themselves go once they get married, not looking pretty is not the reason why people get divorced. This is 2013, Pat Robertson! Wake up and smell reality!
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