Fox’s Dr. Ablow Attacks J. Crew President (Again) Using Anti-Gay Stereotypes
October 27, 2011 4:23 pm ET by Carlos Maza
Back in April, anti-LGBT pseudoscientist and Fox News “Medical A-Team” member Dr. Keith Ablow wrote a scathing column criticizing J. Crew president Jenna Lyons for appearing in an ad in which she was depicted painting her son’s toenails pink. Ablow called the ad an “attack on masculinity” and promoted a number of transphobic and non-scientific claims about gender roles and gender identity.
This week, he responded to reports that Lyons – who Ablow has never met – is divorcing her husband and has begun dating a woman. Unsurprisingly, Ablow sees the news as vindication of his earlier remarks.
In a FoxNews.com column entitled “Jenna Lyons, You and J. Crew Wanted Your Son to Stop Being Such a Boy,” Ablow claimed that Jenna’s divorce and decision to date a woman is evidence of her “discomfort with masculinity”:
I thought Lyons was promoting a cultural agenda at her son’s expense—and at the expense of all our sons whose masculinity was being downplayed. Why else would you pick that photograph, decide for Beckett that it was a really good one with which to brand him in the minds of millions, and make sure that his hair was long and wavy for the photo shoot? Why spend tens of thousands of dollars (or a hundred thousand or more) to distribute that particular photo of Beckett to millions of us?
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.
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.
It says that Lyons does seem to have been promulgating her perspectives on gender roles having no value.
It says that she was, indeed, apparently 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. [emphasis added]
For the most part, Ablow’s “analysis” is just laughable. According to him, boys aren’t supposed to have long, wavy hair, women aren’t supposed to be the breadwinner in the family, and women who date women are uncomfortable with masculinity. Ablow continues to prove himself to be more worthy of ridicule than serious consideration.
At the same time, it’s important to note the not-so-funny message Ablow is trying to promote about LGBT people. According to Ablow, Lyons pressured her son to “stop being such a boy” because she herself doesn’t like masculinity, as evidenced by her relationship with another woman.
Using Lyons as an example, Ablow is peddling the idea that LGBT people are more likely to pressure their kids to become LGBT too. He has promoted this myth on two separate occasions on Fox over the past two weeks – a myth that’s already been debunked and rejected by both the American Psychological Association and the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, among other major medical organizations.
That doesn’t bother Ablow, though, who’s always been able to rely on Fox to promote his own bigoted opinions, even when those opinions are completely divorced from the conclusions of mainstream medical organizations.