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Fox News Mistakes Lesbian Couple For Straight Couple, Posts Wedding Photo In Anti-Equality Op-Ed

by David Badash on February 8, 2013

in News

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Fox News, in their infinite journalistic wisdom, (and apparently by accident,) used a same-sex couple’s wedding photo to illustrate an anti-equality anti-feminism op-ed by a conservative author. This is a story that you really need to follow closely to grasp its full karmic, delicious beauty.

The photo is pretty well-known. It’s of Stephanie Figarelle and Lela McArthur, enjoying their first kiss as a married couple — the first same-sex couple to be married at the Empire State Building last year.

And if that’s not enough, the column is written by Suzanne Venker, who, it turns out, is the niece of the supreme mother of the anti-feminism movement herself, Phyllis Schlafly.

READ: Schlafly: ‘Liberals Seek To Destroy’ American Ozzie And Harriet Families

The image itself is actually embedded in a video of an interview Venker gave to Fox News.

The column, titled, “To be happy, we must admit women and men aren’t ‘equal’,” is filled with mumbo-jumbo anti-women anti-equality anti-feminism comments like:

As products of divorce, the modern generation has few role models for lasting love. That alone is a problem. But young women have an added burden: they’ve been raised in a society that eschews marriage. They’ve been taught instead to honor sex, singlehood and female empowerment.

Not sure what planet Venker is living on, but modern American society doesn’t “eschew marriage,” it honors marriage by placing it where it belongs: as one of many choices available to an increasingly diverse society. Why should everyone be forced into marriage by the age of 21? Or 31? Or 41? Or ever?

Venker laments as “palpable… the idea that women don’t need men or marriage.”

She adds:

Feminism didn’t result in equality between the sexes – it resulted in mass confusion.


Today, men and women have no idea who’s supposed to do what.


We know little girls love their dolls and boys just want to kick that ball.

Oh my.

Sometimes, there is justice, and sometimes, it comes in the form of a beautiful same-sex couple’s first kiss as a legally married couple.

Hat tip: Gawker

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mtnrunner2 February 9, 2013 at 1:02 am

Apparently the sinking of The Titanic should provide our view of how men relate to women? Venker's article is nonsense.

Furthermore, if someone is confused about romantic relations, that is their fault, not feminism's. Sex, respect, love and commitment. That's all it is. What's the confusion?

JayAustin86 February 9, 2013 at 1:34 am

Because of feminist beliefs she is able to speak her mind. It didn't add confusion. It added freedom. She is a hypocrite.

BJLincoln February 9, 2013 at 9:09 am

She thinks that strict gender roles include women staying home and keep their mouth shut because the Bible says so. Feminism allowed woman to speak their mind and step out of their gender role.
I think one of their fears about equal marriage is we don't have gender roles to speak of. It may look like one of us is "the man" but that does not limit a person to doing only male gender role activities. Often looks are deceiving about roles we play.
Care for our home is more of ability and desire as well as doing your fair share.Because we can mix and match gender roles, it makes for a more equal relationship. Str8 people don't understand the equality. Religious people can't stand it because it often works better.
They really need to pay someone to take pictures for them instead of stealing ones that almost always get them in trouble. This is a gem!

scallywagy February 9, 2013 at 9:11 am

Who knows maybe FOX ought to have highlighted which one was the female in pink in their new image that way no one can confuse who really runs the show….

scottsteaux63 February 9, 2013 at 1:39 pm

OMG this is just too priceless. Face, meet egg.

MikeTheInfidel February 9, 2013 at 7:10 pm

The photo they used appeared in the Daily Mail a while back and is copyrighted by the AP. What are the chances that Fox actually licensed it rather than just lifting it, considering no copyright notice for the photo appeared in the Fox article?

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