Most Women Work Because They Have To

11/01/2013 10:44 am ET
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Last week, Vice co-founder and conservative jerk Gavin McInnes threw a sexist temper tantrum on HuffPo Live, insisting that ambitious women are mostly lying to themselves and would prefer to be home, serving their manly men who go out in the world. "Women are forced to pretend to be men. They’re feigning this toughness. They’re miserable," he railed, claiming "studies" show that feminism makes women unhappy. "They're not happy in the work force, for the most part."

Though it's tempting to just laugh him off, a couple of brave souls squelched that urge and instead pointed out a major flaw in his argument. McInnes assumes that women work because "women are forced to pretend to be men," but as Matt Bruenig and Elizabeth Stoker at Salon explain, most women, married or not, work because of this thing we call "money," which they need:

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