Ageism Strikes…Again.

In this summer 2015 photo released by the Vermont Governor's Office, Gov. Peter Shumlin and his fiancee Katie Hunt pose for a photograph in Burlington, Vt. The governor's office said Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, that Shumlin, 59, and Hunt, 31, were recently engaged and plan to marry within the next year, although they have not chosen a specific date. (Vermont Governor's Office via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, 59 and his fiance Katie Hunt, 31

The fact that this is a “story” at all speaks to the lingering ageism in the same world that’s witnessed Olympian Bruce Jenner morph into Caitlin, and gay marriage legalized.

So what’s up with this?

Let’s turn to some of the article’s comments for more insight:

“She doesn’t look 31. She looks older. Seems less shocking that way.”

“He must have money.”

“I would not be happy if I was her parents.”

“He’s a pig. He’s very wealthy so yeah… Right move on her part!”


There were one or two supportive remarks, but that’s it.

So what does this say about us as a society?

It says that there are lots of pissed off older women who feel left behind, and just as many young men who feel that they can’t compete with older men of affluence and power.

See, nobody’s competing with Caitlin Jenner.