Ever since reports surfaced that Jenna Lyons was leaving her husband for, yes, a woman, we’ve been waiting for some reactionary “news” source to use it as a means of justification for their outrage over the so-called “Toemageddon” incident–or, for the uninitiated (we envy you), that one time when Lyons’ painted her son’s toenails pink and caused a serious stir.
Obviously, Fox News wasted no time. Leave it to Fox News columnist Dr. Keith Ablow, he who started “Toemageddon,” to pounce on the news. In a lengthy essay, Ablow essentially says that since Lyons’ allegedly has a girlfriend, she must be uncomfortable with all forms of masculinity and therefore tried to turn her son (and every J.Crew catalog-reading mom’s sons) into gender-confused emasculated boys. Seriously, where do they come up with this stuff?
But the crazy doesn’t end there. Ablow goes on to assert that Lyons’ wasn’t just trying to change her son’s sexuality or gender identity, she was “promoting a cultural agenda…at the expense of all our sons whose masculinity was being downplayed.” To prove his point, Ablow asks why else J. Crew would spend “tens of thousands of dollars” distributing an image where Lyons’ son Beckett not only has pink toenails but, gasp!, “long and wavy” hair. (We’re not sure what this means…That boys with wavy hair question their gender identity? That moms who let their son’s hair grow past their ears are irresponsible? WTF.)
To sum it up, Ablow says, “my worry that Ms. Lyons might be expressing her own discomfort with masculinity and projecting it onto her son—and mine, and yours—seems to have been justified,” and that “[Lyons] was, indeed…using J. Crew—a brand so many of our kids gravitate toward—as her launching pad for a mini-campaign to change the way our kids think about their bodies and their gender identities.”
Though we’re not exactly surprised by this–we figured it was coming from Fox–we’re seriously bummed/enraged. OK, right now it’s mostly rage.