NEW YORK — Fox News has come to embrace its inner feminist by encouraging women to “man up” and take a compliment whenever “they’re lucky enough to have one come their way.”
Catcalls, pats on the rear end, and breathy phone calls from anonymous men wondering what recipients are wearing—these are all ways to remind women that they’re “more than just sexual objects, they are also people who need a little boost of self-confidence from time to time,” said Fox News’ Kimberly Guilfoyle.
As one of the four female hosts of Fox’s “Outnumbered,” Guilfoyle suggested that women “let men be men.” Her view on the matter was informed by a recent opinion piece in the Murdoch-owned New York Post, which encourages women to “deal with” catcalls that serve as a “10-second antidote to all that negative feedback in the real world.”
Men “mean it in a nice way,” claims Guilfoyle, “like they find you attractive or they just want to pay a compliment, right?
“Who knows,” she added, “one of those leering men might even offer you a paid job one day. Like on television. Totally could happen.”
The program’s single—though married—male guest host, Arthur Aidala agreed. “Women already take home 80 cents for every dollar a man makes. That’s 80 cents more I could be making. At they very least, women should take the compliment and say, ‘Thank you.’ ”
The word is spreading. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s sexual violence survey, non-contact unwanted sexual experiences may affect up to 99 percent of women around the world.
“If this trend continues,” said Aidala, “you can kiss sexism goodbye.”
Co-host Kirsten Powers also weighed in, saying, “When I was younger, I didn’t like it. It used to bother me. I thought, ‘Oh, this is so sexist.’ Now, I’m like, if it doesn’t happen, ‘Excuse me! Yeah, so now it’s good.”
Powers admitted that she regularly makes her way to the Fox studio in a short skirt with a deep-seated fear that she “may have squandered [her] education and journalistic instincts.”
That feeling totally “disappears,” she said, whenever a construction worker whistles at her or “Rupert grabs my ass and tells me that he has a sizeable benefits package waiting for me when I next renegotiate my contract.”