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Fox Argues Traditional Gender Roles Are Key To Happiness, Accidentally Runs Photo Of Happy Lesbian Couple To Demonstrate

By Daily Dolt guest contributor Jeremy Montano
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In a Fox News editorial entitled “Let’s see how profoundly a photo selection can undermine the point of an article”  “To be happy, we must admit women and men aren’t ‘equal,’” author Suzanne Venker laments America’s declining marriage rates, which she attributes to our failure to recognize traditional gender roles. It is a universal truth, she argues, that “little girls love their dolls and boys just want to kick that ball. … [E]ach gender has its own energy that flows in a specific direction.”/

Why yes, the author of the editorial featuring Stephanie as the perfect husband is also the author of the book, How to Choose a Husband
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If only we would stop denying our natural, God-given roles as women and men, we’d all be much happier — as happy as, say, the traditionally gendered bride and groom in the photo accompanying the article. Can’t you just see the joy in that groom Stephanie’s face as he embraces the natural masculinity bestowed upon him when he was born a male?
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Wait. That doesn’t sound right.
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Oh, because Stephanie is a woman, and Fox’s photo of a happy, heteronormative couple is actually a photo of a happy lesbian couple: Lela McArthur and Stephanie Figarelle. They live in Alaska and tied the knot on top of the Empire State building on Valentine’s Day last year. (On a completely irrelevant note, they also happen to have a weight-lifting dog named Link, because apparently they are incapable of doing anything that is not adorable.)
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Jessica Valenti was first to point out the oversight, which was even more embarrassing and ironic than usual for Fox. The station quickly pulled the photograph and replaced it with some generic restroom clipart (best to avoid images of actual human beings from now on, just to be safe).
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Figarelle herself has also responded to the incident via Facebook:

Instead of answering salivating reporters, I’ll post here. Yes, I’m aware that I look like a dude. I have known this my entire life- I’ll prove it by sharing baby photos sometime. I’ve gotten bullied, hit on by gay dudes and hot “straight” girls, seen the inside of both male and female bathrooms. Gotten yelled at for going into the women’s restroom- but never the men’s. I’ve had to tell my parents, grandparents and the rest of my family that I am gay, ultimately facing their rejection. Luckily, since I’ve looked like a dude since birth, they all accepted me with open arms since they really weren’t surprised.

Well, happy anniversary, you two.  Here’s a look at their wedding on Valentine’s Day 2012:

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11 Responses to Fox Argues Traditional Gender Roles Are Key To Happiness, Accidentally Runs Photo Of Happy Lesbian Couple To Demonstrate

  1. Barjack

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    Ohh . . I dunno. There's been a few balls I've wanted to kick. Does that make me a guy?

  2. 503me

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    There can never be too much love in this world, and wish this couple all the joy in the world. We were never meant to be equal, but rather compliment each other. What one has, the other may not, and thus we make a whole. That it can be same gender, does not take away from anything, as they are still complimenting each other, right? Just my thoughts.

    • phoebe

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      I think I see what you're getting at. However, all people are meant to be equal. We are equals.

  3. Tracey

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    There's been a lot of that sort of thing going around lately. There was some evangelical thing that had a photo of a happy couple on a mountaintop… not realizing that the happy couple was a couple of lesbians.

  4. Now, hold on here. Don't get me wrong, I hate Fox and anything they spew just as much as anyone else … but the editorial in question has absolutely nothing to do with homosexuality or gay marriage — it's tearing into feminism.

    • Linda (The Daily Dolt)

      Linda the Dolt

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      Agreed. But the Dolt article here never said the Venker editorial discussed gay marriage, it just says she was disapproving of women and men who fall outside of the traditional gender roles.

      Her argument is that women can only be happy in a marriage if they "act like women." Meanwhile, the accompanying photo features a couple that falls outside of this notion and yet they somehow appear to be pretty darn happy.

  5. When we take our preconceptions and stereotypes off for a second, we can all see a beautiful, happy couple. Cheers to that!

    Hey, is it sad that it was taken down in favor of that heteronormativity? Yeah. Is it awesome that the mistake was made in the first place? YEAH LETS MAKE MORE! LETS ALL BE SO IN LOVE THAT WELL ACCIDENTALLY END UP ALL OVER FOX NEWS!!!

  6. You nitwits do realize that the photo is of a happy lesbian couple getting married dont you?

    • Sorry about the misunderstanding. I was aiming my comment towards Fox News in a retroactive way.

  7. Hum, this is interesting. Why is she acting, looking, and dressing like a man if that's not the role she's playing? Oh, I get it. She is playing the male role. Isn't that traditional? I just don't get it. I see a lot of males marrying women, and the women playing the male role. Okay, I'm confused again. Besides the physical difference, what makes a man a man and a woman a woman in a relationship? And, don't all humans have the genetic makeup of both male and female. Keep up the good work ladies and don't allow society to dictate who you should love–coming from a "heterosexual".

    • Linda (The Daily Dolt)

      Linda the Dolt

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      The very fact that we're all still talking about her role/identity is the best indication that it's NOT traditional — and good for her!!

      I feel like people (myself included) forget sometimes what it would be like to have to constantly explain to the world exactly whom you are attracted to and why you dress or act the way you do. We never had to "come out" to our family because our sexual orientation was assumed — let alone have our gender identity discussed by perfect strangers (or annoying bloggers like the DD!).

      So what you said is worth repeating: "Keep up the good work, ladies!"