Kimberly Guilfoyle

A String of Obvious Questions

Detail of framegrab from FLCL episode 2, 'Firestarter'.

File under Stupid:

Green River Community College went into lockdown Monday morning after a threat was made against the school, Auburn police said.

Cmdr. Steve Stocker of the Auburn police said an unknown person made the threat to a faculty member at about 10:15 a.m., saying something to the effect that there was going to be a shooting.

(KOMO News)

Perhaps a number of factors are coincidental. We do, in our society, have a problem with misogyny that reached a dramatic height at GeekGirlCon earlier this month, when someone issued a bomb threat against the convention; apparently the mixing of females and technology is a mortal offense? And the deadly violence at Marysville-Pilchuck High School seems, ostensibly, to have been about a girl.

But we don’t really know what pushed the GRCC terror threat, and that is important to note.

Yes, we need to address misogyny, but there are also a number of other factors to consider.

The thing is that each part of the issue has a way of spilling over its banks and soaking the others. This sort of overlap causes confusion for many people; indeed, we at This Is have a good friend who is bright and rational and all of those nice things we appreciate about people, but he is by nature incapable of comprehending what guns have to do with anything.

Not that we need to campaign against guns, specifically, but it does make some sort of point to acknowledge that there are people in this world who wonder what guns have to do with mass murder by firearm. It happens. To wit, he says, “Don’t make new laws, enforce the ones we have!” But there are some laws he believes exist everywhere despite observable reality.

And, you know, it might be kind of a low blow, but he also wonders why anyone would ever prosecute someone who negligently shot his own son to death with a handgun he was prohibited by law from carrying. And while that tragedy out of Pennsylvania has seemingly little to do with what has been going on around the Seattle area of late, there is also more there than it seems.

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A Note on the Vote: FOX News and Woman Suffrage

Kimberly Guilfoyle of FOX News.

We’re not surprised:

Fox’s Kimberly Guilfoyle: Young Women Shouldn’t Exercise Civic Duties Because “They Don’t Get It.” During the October 21 edition of Fox News’ The Five, the co-hosts discussed the impact of women voters in the upcoming midterm elections. After co-host Greg Gutfeld suggested that young women lack the wisdom to vote as conservatives, Kimberly Guilfoyle suggested that they should be excused from jury duty, because they lack life experience and just “don’t get it.” Instead, she said, they should “go back on Tinder or Match.com.” [Fox News, The Five, 10/21/14]

(Boguhn and Torres)

While Alexandrea Boguhn and Jessica Torres of Media Matters for America offer up a broader survey of the conservative movement against young women voting, Catherine Taibi of Huffington Post pulled a couple more quotes from the FOX News crew:

“The Five” co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle said Tuesday that young women should excuse themselves from voting in the upcoming midterm elections because they don’t share the same “life experience” as older women and should just go back to playing around on Tinder and Match.com.

“It’s the same reason why young women on juries are not a good idea,” Guilfoyle said. “They don’t get it!”

Earlier in the conversation, co-host Greg Gutfeld made the point that “with age comes wisdom” and the “older you get, the more conservative you get” ....

.... Guilfoyle agreed, suggesting that you can’t cast an informed vote until you’ve gone through adult things, like paying the bills.

“They’re [young women] like healthy and hot and running around without a care in the world,” she concluded. “They can go back on Tinder or Match.com.”

So let us review the FOX News editorial outlook on women:

• Young women should not serve on juries.

• Young women should not vote.

• Women in general should be gratified by sexual harassment.

To the one, that sounds about right insofar as this is FOX News we’re talking about.

Then again, FOX News is the highest-rated cable “news” outfit. We might not wonder why, but there are plenty of reasons to be concerned about the implications.

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Boguhn, Alexandrea and Jessica Torres. “Right-Wing Media Discourage Young Women From Voting”. Media Matters for America. 21 October 2014.

Taibi, Catherine. “Fox News Hosts Tell Young Women Not To Vote, Go Back To Tinder And Match.com”. The Huffington Post. 22 October 2014.

Kittel, Olivia. “‘Let Men Be Men’: Fox News Hosts Defend Catcalling”. Media Matters for America. 28 August 2014.