I get hives every time I see good-looking blond people described as having ‘All-American’ looks. Maybe because my hair was brown, and darn it– I’m just as American as they are.
That’s just one of the layers of weird in this story from the Orlando Sentinal. You really have to follow the link and look at the pictures to appreciate what the fuss is about.
Florida Family Policy Council is raising an alarm because a judge awarded custody of a one-year-old boy to a relative who has been caring for him– Vanessa Alenier who lives with her partner, Melanie Leon. The judge, after listening to testimony from family, teachers and social workers, decided the placement was in the best interest of the child, which is the only thing that matters.
Or should be, The FPC is calling this ‘arrogant judicial activism’. How many children have they helped, I wonder?
Back to the ‘All-American’ angle, Drudge Retort that posted this story used the headline ‘Ugly Lesbians’. It seems that the devious Florida lesbian couple had the nerve to cunningly disguise themselves as conventionally pretty slim blond women with nice haircuts and a pleasant appearance. So the FPC found a photo of two other women who were less conventional-looking and frowning. Considering how the word ‘ugly’ is thrown at any woman who doesn’t blend in, it doesn’t surprise me the women look kind of defiant. Scott Maxwell who covers the story uses quite unkind language in describing two women who certainly never consented to have their image used this way.
I think this could be a whole area of discussion in itself, that gay or straight you had better put on some lip gloss if you want to dodge personal insults.
It also speaks to the fundamental dishonesty of some fundamentalists. When you paint the world in black and white there’s no room for colored people. Pretty blond women can’t really be lesbians. A president who wants to share a little more of our national wealth with the lowest wage workers must be a socialist. Health care can’t really be about responsibility and justice, it’s about death panels.
When reality doesn’t match their prejudices, a little white lie is only a venial sin. They don’t consider themselves ‘reality based’ anyway. That’s for those of us who have to live in the real world and mix with all kinds.
UPDATE: More on this from Salon. The Family Policy Council has issued its standard non-apology. One question no one’s asking. Who are the women in the picture? Clearly they did not agree to have their picture used as poster children for ‘ugly lesbians’. So who stole the picture, and wouldn’t those women have every right to sue?
AND ANOTHER THING: ‘Children Raised by Lesbians Do Just Fine, Studies Show’ is a headline from LiveScience. But ‘science’ is a four letter word with some people.