Pat Robertson, the prominent co-founder of the Christian coalition and conservative television evangelist, has some advice for women: stay pretty.
In response to a caller Thursday who asked what she could do to stop her flirting husband who “loves to talk with other women he finds attractive,” the 80-year-old minister advised the woman to make herself “as attractive as possible.”
The liberal blog ThinkProgress notes that Robertson frequently stresses the importance of monogamy.
CO-HOST: Pat, this is from Anne who says, Ã¢â‚¬Å“My husband has always been a flirt and loves to talk with other women he finds attractive. He says he would never cheat on me but his actions are starting to get to me. What should I do?Ã¢â‚¬Â
ROBERTSON: Anne, first thing is you need to make yourself as attractive as possible and donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t hassle him about it. And why is he doing this? Well, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s doing it because he wants affirmation that he is still a man, that he is attractive Ã¢â‚¬â€ and he gets an affirmation of himself. That means heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s got an inferiority complex thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s coming out. And heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not gonna cheat on you. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just playing.
But you need to not drive him away or start hassling and hounding on him, but make yourself as beautiful as you can, as fun as you can, and say letÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s go out here, letÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s go there, letÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s go to the other thing.
Robertson’s comment isn’t that out of character — he’s routinely been critical of women, and feminism in particular.
“The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women,” he declared in a 1992 fundraising letter slamming a proposed Iowa equal rights amendment. “It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.”
The Thursday quote was first caught by Media Matters.