When the news came out that a female teacher wouldn't be facing trial for having sex with her former 15-year-old student, Fox News decided to blame an unlikely source.
42-year-old Leah Gayle Shipman, a former teacher in Brunswick County North Carolina, plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of resisting a public officer rather than a more serious charge of having sex with an underage student. Last year, Shipman divorced her husband of nearly 20 years and married her student after permission was given by the boy's parents. During an episode of "The Five" on Fox News, co-host Andrea Tantaros blamed feminism for female teachers wanting to take advantage of underage students.
"I think the stories sick. It is twisted, but I do think...men have been doing this for a very long time. And there is a different stigma...well, going after younger women and it's more excepting then when a woman does it. I actually think that everything has become so sexualized now that women who do this feel like it's not as stigmatizing as it was before. There's something about feminism that lets them know 'I can do everything that a man does, I can even go after that young boy. I deserve it. Forty is the new fifty, ya, and the parents go 'OK.'"
Tantaros continued her attack on feminism, claiming that it has turned women into "sexualized freaks." This isn't the first time that Fox News has promoted women's rights or "feminism" in a negative light and it most likely won't be the last.