The feminist mentioned two posts below scolded me about how the average woman is programmed by "a lifetime of insidious brainwashing so subtle she doesn't notice it" by Barbie dolls and the like, and how "men aren't judged primarily on their appearance, as women are." After getting that tongue-lashing, I thought to myself, well, lesbians themselves -- who tend to be the most vocal and militant wing of the feminist movement -- must certainly have better values than men.
I thought, these right-thinking liberal lesbians must not subscribe to the unfair standards of beauty promulgated by the patriarchy. They must be happy to be with another woman who is overweight, with ordinary features, and who looks, in the immortal words of feminists, like a "real woman."
And what better proof of this could there be than rich and famous lesbians, who obviously have their pick of women? I would certainly hope that these successful role models and powerful spokespeople for the movement, would lead by example and not subscribe to those male-dominated standards of beauty which feminists so bitterly denounce.
So, I Google-imaged Rosie O'Donnell, Ellen Degeneres, Martina Navratilova, and Melissa Etheridge and their partners, confident that all these rich lesbians must have happily settled for women who looked, well, like them.
Here are some of the results of that search:
Rosie O'Donnell and her first wife Kelli Carpenter:
Rosie O'Donnell and her subsequent girlfriend Tracy Kachtick-Anders:
Rosie O'Donnell and current wife Michelle Rounds:
Ellen DeGeneres and former girlfriend Anne Heche:
Ellen DeGeneres and former partner Alexandra Hedison:
Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi:
Martina Navratilova and (former Miss Texas contestant) Judy Nelson:
Martina Navratilova and more recent girlfriend (and former Miss Universe contestant) Julia Lemigova (on left):
Melissa Etheridge and former partner Tammy Lynn Michaels:
I admit, these pictures were culled for effect. There are prominent lesbians, like Rachel Maddow and Cynthia Nixon, who have partners who look more like stereotypical lesbians. But enough of the rich and powerful ones have paired up with traditionally pretty women (Jodie Foster recently married Alexandra Hedison, who is pictured above with Ellen DeGeneres) that it can't possibly just be coincidence.
It's not just those piggish men who, when given their druthers, prefer Barbie doll types.