The idea is that two partners can participate in a two-year trial period to decide whether a formal union would work for them. There would be no paperwork to deal with, just a commitment to give marriage a try.
Rivera, who has been divorced four times, is currently 11 years into his fifth marriage. He stated why he was against beta marriages and that's when the trouble began.
He said, "I know this may provoke a Stephen Smith-like reaction, but I think essentially — although there's an increase in two-income marriages — generally speaking, the man is the breadwinner, more often than not, although now increasingly women do work. But what I think a woman brings to a marriage more than anything else, to a relationship, is her youth. Her youth is a fragile and diminishing resource."
Rivera didn't stop there. He continued, "If a woman were to invest two years in one of these marriages, and then to be rejected by the man, I think that she has given up a valuable asset that is unequal — in other words, the man gets everything and the woman gets nothing from this arrangement."
There were four female hosts on the panel and one responded with, "I'm like, 'Whaaat?'"
While Rivera's reviews were mixed on Twitter, he felt the need to defend his position on his social media page. He feels like he's standing by women, but many viewers were downright insulted by his women and "youth" comments.
Dealing with backlash from comments on Outnumbered that a woman's youth is a precious and diminishing resource that should not be given away— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) July 29, 2014
I stand by that statement and defy anyone to contradict the substance of my remarks Of course women bring other vast assets to relationships— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) July 29, 2014
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
Watch Geraldo Rivera comment on beta marriages.
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