Fox News’ guest Geraldo Rivera’s mustache isn’t the only thing old fashioned about him. On Monday’s Outnumbered program the Fox News pundit admitted that male and female gender roles are changing but then proceeded to comment that women should remember that their greatest source of value is still their youth, posted left-wing research group Media Matters.
But I think what a woman brings to a marriage more than anything else– to a relationship– is her youth. Her youth is a fragile and diminishing resource so if a woman were to invest two years in one of these marriages, and then to be rejected by the man, I think she has given up a valuable asset.
Rivera made the comment surrounded by four other Fox News pundits, all of them women. The debate centered around the Millennial trend of “beta marriages”, or marriages where both parties are testing the waters of the relationship and not necessarily making a life-long commitment. The Fox News guest’s responses ranged from simple open-mouthed shock to one host who said simply:
I’m like, ‘Whaaaaat?’
That’s not to say that all women had the same reaction — Twitter was abuzz with both indignation and support from female fans of Geraldo and the Fox News Channel. One user Sherry Swain, who appears to have since deleted her tweet after it appeared on Yahoo News, said:
You’re giving ladies advice on how to avoid bad men? That sounds good to me!
Geraldo himself has defended the remarks he made of the Fox News show, standing by his idea that age is more of ticking time bomb for women than for men.
Still, age weighs unequally on the sexes. Time is money ladies, a precious asset. Don't waste yours on a man who gains everything in Beta BS
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) July 29, 2014
Geraldo is no stranger to controversy. In the past Rivera has gotten into trouble for everything from claiming that “c••ksucking f**got” is not a gay slur to the unearthing of a shirtless selfie that made the rounds on the internet.
What do you think? Was Geraldo Rivera out of line or right on target? How do you think his four ex-wives are feeling about the comments?