Earlier today we reported on Jenna Lyons' rumored new love, Courtney Crangi. To most in the fashion biz, the news is more remarkable for the industry connections (Crangi heads up her brother Philip Crangi's jewelry brand) rather than the same-sex aspect.
But Fox News, of course, can only focus on the lesbian angle. And they are not happy about it.
As The Cut reported, Dr. Keith Ablow took to Foxnews.com on Wednesday night to pen a sequel to his infamous "Toemageddon" essay -- because anyone who defies the strictest, most heteronormative gender roles deserves a talking-to.
In his first essay back in April, entitled, "J. Crew Plants the Seeds for Gender Identity," Ablow chastised Lyons for painting her son's toe nails bright pink in a J. Crew catalogue, claiming her blatant gender bending was striking a blow to traditional gender identities and causing psychological confusion for America's children.
All because of pink toe nails. Jon Stewart, being Jon Stewart, picked up the story and dubbed it "Toemaggedon," highlighting the ridiculousness of Ablow's hysterics.
But Ablow was not deterred. With the recent reveal of Lyons' same-sex love interest, Ablow has penned a second essay called "Jenna Lyons, You and J. Crew Wanted Your Son to Stop Being Such a Boy" (catchy, huh?). Here's an excerpt:
I've never evaluated Lyons psychologically, and I'm not pretending to have any more expertise about her psyche than any other commentator. But it turns out there was, indeed, more to the story. If reports in the media, from the New York Post's Page Six, for example, are correct, Lyons is now divorcing her husband, is romantically involved with a woman and battling over how much of a settlement to give her husband, since she was the breadwinner in the family.
All this says nothing about the value of a heterosexual versus homosexual relationship; that's an individual matter and not an appropriate focus for criticism (It certainly has zero to do with my criticism).
All this says nothing about Lyons' divorce; marriage is a difficult journey for almost everyone. When it ends, I feel nothing but compassion for the people hurting.
What it says is that 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.
In conclusion, he argues, a potential same-sex relationship between Jenna Lyons and Crangi affirms Ablows' fears that Lyons poses a threat to the true gender identities of all children.
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