A Fox News article featuring a lesbian wedding kiss atop the Empire State Building amused web users this week — the pic, from one of the more high-profile first legal gay weddings in New York State, was used to illustrate a story extolling the superiority of heteronormative, male/female marriage.
In the Fox News piece with the lesbians kissing, author and unenlightened moron Suzanne Venker (who has previously trolled the masses with her allegation of a “war on men”) argues in the title “To be happy, we must admit women and men aren’t ‘equal.’ ”
Venker’s piece, in which she unwittingly used to show a lesbian kiss on the Fox News site, makes the common, flimsy and not overly well-supported argument that women and women alone are at fault for the still-in-flux effect of women’s lib, blaming the females of America for not taking “settling down” seriously enough and committing the grave sin of putting career, education, agency and self-fulfillment ahead of marriage and babies — always with the undercurrent of assumption that all women who do so are bitter cat ladies in waiting.
The Fox News lesbian pic piece read:
“It’s time to say what no one else will: 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 … You see, the problem with equality is that it implies two things are interchangeable – meaning one thing can be substituted for the other with no ramifications. That is what feminists would have us believe, and anyone who contradicts this dogma is branded sexist.”
Venker’s common and pervasive error is assuming she is arguing from a place of assured knowledge, when in actuality, she has no particular data set on which to base her broad range of assumptions.
It’s with arguments like these that the Fox News contributor reveals her inability to separate causation from correlation — and later in the piece, she does so again, blaming a lack of female CEOs and stay-at-home dads solely on gender-assumed impulse and not, oh, say, centuries of social stigma and outright roadblocks preventing women from attaining those spots and men from declining them to raise a family if they so choose:
“But the truth must be heard. Being equal in worth, or value, is not the same as being identical, interchangeable beings. Men and women may be capable of doing many of the same things, but that doesn’t mean they want to. That we don’t have more female CEOs or stay-at-home dads proves this in spades.”
We imagine it was not long after Gawker pointed out Venker had used a lovely same-sex marriage image, one of two lesbians, in love and happy, to illustrate her pro-“tradition” screed, it was taken down and replaced. But one cannot help relishing the delicious irony that like in much of her writing, Venker’s lack of ability to accurately assess what was right before her eyes made for a very amusing misstep indeed.