Fox News Nails J. Crew for Boy's Pink Polish

On FoxNews.com, doctor warns of raging gender confusion
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2011 3:03 AM CDT
Updated Apr 13, 2011 5:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – If there's one thing that Fox News cannot abide, it's pink nail polish on a little boy. Now he and the nation are apparently in for a world of psychological pain and years of therapy. And it's all because of a J. Crew email ad that featured a mom painting the toenails of her 5-year-old son. In the ad, J. Crew President Jenna Lyons laughs with son Beckett, whose toes she has painted, as she's quoted as saying: "Lucky for me I ended up with a boy whose favorite color is pink." Oh no, Jenna!

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"It may be fun and games now, Jenna, but at least put some money aside for psychotherapy for the kid—and maybe a little for others who'll be affected by your 'innocent' pleasure," warns a stern Dr. Keith Ablow in a FoxNews.com column, stressing the polish was not merely pink, but "hot pink." This is a "dramatic example of the way our culture is being encouraged to abandon all trappings of gender identity—when the outcome of such 'psychological sterilization' is not known," sniffs Ablow. "It is unwise to encourage little boys to play act like little girls." One clear effect of the ad, or, rather, Fox's response, is that it's driving bloggers bonkers. "It's hard to know where to start," sputters one mom. (Read more J. Crew stories.)

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