Whether you’re an avid fan or you quickly turn the channel, Fox News is always giving viewers something to talk about. And in recent years, the network has come under fire for the way some of the hosts discuss women.
From victim blaming to dismissing sexual harassment claims altogether, viewers have pointed out that some Fox hosts have uttered some opinions that are particularly problematic. Here are the worst things the Fox crew have ever said on the air about women. And of course, there’s also the most offensive one of all.
1. Erik Erickson said it’s ‘anti-science’ for women to take dominant roles in society
Fox News commentator Erik Erickson didn’t escape this comment unscathed. The Washington Post notes in 2013, a study claimed 40% of U.S. households with children had women as the main breadwinners. Erickson said this was simply “anti-science,” however. He said that “when you look at the natural world … the male typically is the dominant role.” The female, instead, is in a complementary role and shouldn’t compete to be anything more than that.
Next: This completely inappropriate behavior shocked viewers.
2. A female anchor was sexually harassed on the air
After Bill O’Reilly was dropped from Fox in the wake of multiple sexual harassment allegations, some of the other anchors didn’t take the hint. And crude jokes were made at one female panelist’s expense.
Mashable reports Kimberly Guilfoyle was arguing with Greg Gutfeld during a Fox roundtable discussion when Guilfoyle sarcastically said he should get a raise. After that, Gutfeld came back with, “I think you’re giving America a raise,” which was meant crudely and was also in response to the flattering dress she was wearing.
Next: This moment had us all wondering if this host even pays attention to the news.
3. Bob Beckel questions whether college campus rapes actually happen
Another Fox roundtable discussion sparked controversy when college campus rapes were the center of discussion. Slate reports the panelists were discussing whether women should be allowed to conceal and carry weapons on campus to protect themselves from sexual assault. And that’s when Bob Beckel, co-host of The Five, said, “When was the last time you heard about a rape on campus?”
Others at the table quickly countered Beckel’s question. But to viewers, it didn’t make a difference.
Next: This host is constantly finding herself in hot water for her comments.
4. Andrea Tantaros blames feminism for statutory rape
Viewers were really up in arms after commentator Andrea Tantaros said statutory rape is encouraged by the feminist movement. Complex reports Tantaros said women are more likely to go after younger boys now because feminism endorses such behavior. “It’s turning women into sexualized freaks,” she added.
Even worse, Tantaros also says men have been committing statutory rape for a lot longer than women have, so in that regard, it’s OK. “Men have been doing this for a long time … it’s more acceptable than when a woman does it,” she noted.
Next: The most cringeworthy thing uttered by the network hosts
5. The absolute worst: Liz Trotta says women should expect sexual assault in the military
After a report showed sex crimes committed against army personnel have increased by 64% over a six-year period, Fox News’ Liz Trotta asked, “Now, what did they expect?” The Huffington Post reports Trotta went on to say that these men and women are in close contact, so this shouldn’t come as a surprise. She also said feminists are to blame for demanding too much money to help victims of sexual abuse.
When another host argued in favor of programs to protect sexual abuse victims, Trotta went on to say that the military should be protecting the American people, not the people who were actually fighting the war.
Next: This host took the idea of “traditional values” a little too far.
6. Andrea Tantaros says women should make sandwiches for their husbands to save their marriage
What’s the secret to a happy marriage? Women getting back in the kitchen, says one Fox News host.
The Independent reports the hosts commented on a study that found Republicans have more stable and happier relationships than Democrats. Though the data was entirely self-reported, controversial host Andrea Tantaros put in her opinion regarding why Republican relationships are more successful. She suggested “traditional values” are what make a stable home. She also said women making their husbands sandwiches “is not transporting women back to the 1950s, it’s just kindness.”
Next: Bill O’Reilly’s opinion about women didn’t go over too well.
7. Bill O’Reilly says there must be a downside to a woman being president
Before his firing, Bill O’Reilly was known for stirring the pot on the network. The Wrap explains when talking to two of his female co-hosts, O’Reilly beckoned the question, “There’s got to be some downside to having a woman president, right? Something — something that may not fit with that office, correct?”
“Hmm, I’m gonna say no, Bill,” USA Today columnist Kirsten Powers fired back. To this, O’Reilly said there’s a distinct difference in genders, and men have proven their leadership more than women have.
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