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
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 .
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?
Wait. That doesn’t sound right.
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.)
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).
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: