Daily Telegraph

Sep 12, 2011

Daily Telegraph warns against LESBIAN MOTHERS!11!1!!!!!11

Second story on news.com.au, right under their

Pure Poison IconSecond story on news.com.au, right under their September 11 coverage, is this shameless clickbait from the Daily Telegraph, “Lesbian foster couple put six year old boy in girl’s clothes and post photos on Facebook” (you can resist clicking on it – I’ll summarise it for you):

“More” news?

The sensationalist lead-in:

A SIX-year-old boy placed in the care of a lesbian foster couple was dressed in girl’s clothes and the humiliating pictures were posted on the couple’s Facebook page.

One of the women was preparing for a sex change to become a man at the time, while her girlfriend was undergoing fertility treatment.

But there are a lot of details missing from Janet Fife-Yeomans’ “report”, including:

  • the circumstances and details of what precisely had occurred (what were these “girl clothes”? A pink jumper? What was the context? A dress-up game?) and what the explanation was from the foster parents;
  • Who described the situation as “humiliating” and “one of the saddest [cases] in the state”;
  • The connection between the foster carers being both women (LESBIANS!) and the alleged mistreatment;
  • The connection between the foster carer undergoing a sex change and the alleged mistreatment;
  • The connection between the fertility treatment and the alleged mistreatment.

As it happens, for reasons presumably unrelated to their same-sex status, this first placement couple was found not to be suitable foster parents and the boy is now with a different family. So, unless you think that the foster care system should be psychic and prevent in advance absolutely anything possibly going wrong in a placement, presumably the message is – the system works. The boy and his sister were rescued and placed elsewhere.

But that doesn’t seem to be enough for the Daily Telegraph.

The insinuation appears to be that simply placing the children with a lesbian couple was the problem, and that the foster care agency should’ve just known that any woman crazy enough to be a lesbian was likely to “humiliate” a child entrusted to her:

former Children’s Court magistrate Barbara Holborow yesterday called for a full inquiry into the decision to put them there. “Oh my God, what are we doing?” Ms Holborow, who has fostered eight children, said.

Families Minister Pru Goward has demanded a full explanation from child welfare service Barnardos, which had recruited the couple.

Do Pru and Barbara call for full inquiries into every foster care arrangement that goes wrong? What was so special about this one? Was it anything more than the words “lesbian”, “fertility treatment” and “sex-change”? Is there any research indicating that those should be grounds to block foster carers? If not – and the answer is “no, there is not” – then what on Earth should Barnardos have done differently? Why are we reading a beatup about lesbians suggesting, quite inaccurately, that they are bad parents who should be blocked by the state?

A surprisingly lazy, uninformative story from the Daily Telegraph that I’m sure will get them lots of website hits.

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43 thoughts on “Daily Telegraph warns against LESBIAN MOTHERS!11!1!!!!!11

  1. S Scott

    OK for some people it’s increasingly becoming a difficult thing for them to understand such a simple thing. Children are not toys for you to play with. They’re not social experiments for push your pet agendas based on your life not theirs. Get it? Simple right? I thought so. Why is this increasingly becoming so difficult to understand. Yes, let them find their own way for who they are not pushing on them what agenda you want to push like their some sort of tool for your use. OK?

  2. Matthew of Canberra

    Angra @41

    Yeah, well, I dare you to read the whole thing. I have a copy and I couldn’t get more than a few pages in. It’s just too … too … CRUDE!

    There is, apparently, a society of “rabelaiseans” in france, who meet once a year for the most stupendous party. I saw it on “global village” once 🙂

  3. Angra

    MoC – brush up your Rabelais (ouch!).

    From Gargantua –

    “Once I did wipe me with a gentlewoman’s velvet mask, and found it to be good; for the softness of the silk was very voluptuous and pleasant to my fundament. Another time with one of their hoods, and in like manner that was comfortable; at another time with a lady’s neckerchief, and after that some ear-pieces made of crimson satin; but there was such a number of golden spangles in them that they fetched away all the skin off my tail with a vengeance. This hurt I cured by wiping myself with a page’s cap, garnished with a feather after the Swiss fashion. Afterwards, in dunging behind a bush, I found a March-cat, and with it daubed my breech, but her claws were so sharp that they grievously exulcerated my perineum. Of this I recovered the next morning thereafter, by wiping myself with my mother’s gloves, of a most excellent perfume of Arabia.

    But to conclude, I say and maintain that of all arse-wisps, bum-fodders, tail-napkins, bung-hole-cleansers and wipe-breeches, there is none in this world comparable to the neck of a goose, that is well downed, if you hold her head betwixt your legs: and believe me therein upon mine honour; for you will thereby feel in your nockhole a most wonderful pleasure, both in regard of the softness of the said down, and of the temperate heat of the goose; which is easily communicated to the bumgut and the rest of the intestines, insofar as to come even to the regions of the heart and brains. And think not that the felicity of the heroes and demigods, in the Elysian fields, consisteth either in their Ambrosia or Nectar, but in this, that they wipe their tails with the necks of geese.”

  4. Bellistner

    Isn’t celulose fibre soft enough by itself?

    Geez, MoC, you haven’t lived until you’ve wiped your arse with genuine Labradore pelt. It’s the suffering that makes it so soft and pliable.

  5. kiwi 84

    Janet Fife-Yeomans has a long history of writing homophobic articles in the Daily Telegraph. Its almost as if Janet Fife-Yeomans has an agenda…..

  6. Angra

    I’ve got it now. 683 is also a hex colour number for a yellowish hue with triadic colours of pink and blue. Hence we are back to the point of the original comment.

    683 –

    RGB 188,198,131
    HSL 0.19, 0.37, 0.65
    HSV 69°, 34°, 78°
    CMYK 0.05, 0.00, 0.34, 0.22

  7. Angra

    Shit – l left out two zeros. The binary number 11010000011 is really hex 683, which is the bus route from Chirnside Park from Warburton via Lilydale Station.

    Still I sense a conspiracy.


  8. Angra

    Hey I’ve just uncovered a Crikey conspiracy!

    The headline to this thread includes 11!1!!!!!11.

    If you transpose 0’s for the exclamation marks you get 110100011.

    This is binary code for the number 419, and we all know what THIS means. The 419 fraud.

    “An advance-fee fraud is a confidence trick in which the target is persuaded to advance sums of money in the hope of realizing a significantly larger gain. Among the variations on this type of scam are the Nigerian Letter (also called the 419 fraud, Nigerian scam, Nigerian bank scam, or Nigerian money offer), the Spanish Prisoner, the black money scam as well as Russian/Ukrainian scam (also widespread, though far less popular than the former).”

    Either young Jeremy is being very clever, or this is just a coincidence.

    What is it J.?

  9. Angra

    SMH is running a video essential story today unfortunately named “How to put your baby to sleep.”

  10. stephdoubleu

    I hope the Janet hasn’t ever been to Scotland… Her head will probably implode from all the humiliation being suffered by men in skirts.

  11. Angra

    MoC – Gerber babyfoods had major problems when they started advertising in Africa as the packaging and description made it appeared to made from real white babies.

  12. Matthew of Canberra

    “You know who I really feel sorry for? The kids on nappy packets”

    I still worry about those puppies on the toilet paper packs. Are they euthenised properly before they’re turned into toilet paper? Why do we have to have puppy paper anyway? Isn’t celulose fibre soft enough by itself? I saw one the other day that seems to be made from frogs. What have frogs ever done to us?

  13. Bellistner

    the humiliating pictures were posted on the couple’s Facebook page.

    You know who I really feel sorry for? The kids on nappy packets (the ones intended for bedwetters). Must be a fun schoolyear when someone puts two and two together. We should be locking up the CEOs of Johnson and Johnson.

  14. Matthew of Canberra

    Anne Cooper @27

    Just let me consult my flowchart … hmm, yeah, it appears that if you wore a dress today it’s still up to you. If you’d left the house in a gimp outfit things might be different.

  15. LJG..............

    Ronson Dalby!!
    Yes!! – you’ve worked it out!!! – that’s whats wrong with society you see.
    They got the colours mixed up sometime after the 1940’s and we all got confused and started wanting to leave the kitchen, get jobs and some of us even wanted to shack up with our own gender and do unmentionable unspecified things to each other!!
    All those Blue Tool Sets just confused the little boys and ended up being used to construct stage sets for Bette Midler Impressions.

    We now know what went wrong!!

  16. Angra

    Well I’m glad you appreciated the joke. But I still think there may be some technical complications.

    But here’s a primer.


  17. Anne Cooper

    I am a lesbian and a mother and I wore a dress today but I didn’t have anal sex. Should I have?

  18. B.Tolputt

    Although exactly how lesbians qualify as sodomites isn’t made clear. Buggered if I know.

    I know, simple minds and all that. Still made me laugh.

  19. Angra

    Ronson – yes QI covered it recently.

    “The people who were traditionally dressed in pink and called girls were boys. Pink was considered the traditional colour for boys and blue for girls in the 19th century. In 1927, there was a report about Princess Astrid of Belgium who had decorated her son’s room pink, only for her to give birth to a daughter. Part of the reason why blue may be seen as the traditional colour for girls is because the Virgin Mary is dressed in blue. Right until the mid-15th century, all children were referred to as girls, boys were called “knave girls” and girls were called “gay girls”. The word “boy” originally meant “servant”.”

    And don’t talk about Scots wearing kilts, or “Chlanna nan con thigibh a so’s gheibh sibh feoil”.

  20. Ronson Dalby

    It’s interesting how things change. I’m sure a lot of people would be surprised to know that until the 1940s:

    “In Western culture, the practice of assigning pink to an individual gender began in the 1920s or earlier. An article in the trade publication Earnshaw’s Infants’ Department in June 1918 said: “The generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.” From then until the 1940s, pink was considered appropriate for boys because being related to red it was the more masculine and decided color, while blue was considered appropriate for girls because it was the more delicate and dainty color, or related to the Virgin Mary.”


  21. LucyJr

    Oh dear, when our little boy cousins would visit they loved dressing up in their girl-cousin’s clothes.

  22. Matthew of Canberra

    quantize @14

    That was one very, very disturbing film.

    “Man if they ban men dressing as women what would the NRL Footy Show do for laughs.”

    Is blackface still not on? I guess they can make armpit noises. Videos of people falling over?

  23. Aka

    Dear Angra, u will be buggered if you don’t know

  24. Angra

    Oh no. Jim Jefferies. I think this is called reverse irony.


  25. Bondles

    Although exactly how lesbians qualify as sodomites isn’t made clear. Buggered if I know.

    Ten points for Angra

  26. SonofMogh

    Man if they ban men dressing as women what would the NRL Footy Show do for laughs.

  27. Matthew of Canberra

    “And another thing hoe many.of us have had boys who like to frock up?”

    It’s a freakin’ australian tradition! Female friends who’ve worked in foreign affairs have noticed how easy it is to get australian men to stick on a dress. Any excuse will do, apparently. I think we might be famous for it.

    I blame hugo weaving and terrence stamp. Stamp’s not even australian … but I’ll be damned if I’m going to be the one to tell him.

    … finally it has happened to me right in front of my face and I just can not hide it … yeah yeah, yeah yeah …

  28. Angra

    Well Mr Metrosexual’s commentators are definitely revealing their intimate knowledge of such matters today –

    “This is why we should make a stand against homosexual marriage that the sodomites so desperately want.”

    Although exactly how lesbians qualify as sodomites isn’t made clear. Buggered if I know.

  29. quantize

    Meet the Feebles was a film by Peter Jackson featuring a troup of costumed/puppet characters who run a kind of theater not at all unlike the Muppets..

    there is a character who is a journalist who is a fly…he spends most of his scenes literally eating shit from the toilet bowel when he’s not making up lies or spying on people.

    the Tele really looks up to that standard

  30. Brizben

    So is there a guvmint authoritee for me to report in suspected lesbians? My fridge magnet doesn’t cover what to do in the case of a national lesbian emergency.

  31. jules

    OMG Jack I never thought of that.

    I better burn it before ASIO finds out. MoC Lol.

  32. EKDV

    “They f*** you up, your mum and transgendered live-in partner,
    The may not mean to but they do.
    They fill you with the faults they had
    And add some extra, just for you.”

  33. Jack Sparraaggghhh

    Parents who tolerate tomboyishness in their girls should be rigorously dealt with.

  34. Jack Sparraaggghhh

    Someone sent us an orange jumpsuit

    Either by someone who’s consciously trying to promote sexual ambiguity or … one of those ‘lionisers’ of David Hicks…? (They’re in the woodwork, apparently.)

  35. Ravenred

    My god, I’ve dressed my daughters in jeans today? Are the gum’mnt (or worse, News Limited) coming to take them away?

  36. Aka

    Serious crime has been committed here. After two boys we had a girl. She still complaining about having to wear boys’ clothes for first three years of her life. I feel guilty. And another thing hoe many.of us have had boys who like to frock up?

  37. Matthew of Canberra

    “If children don’t arrive on their due date then that sets a bad example for the rest of their life.”

    Passive aggression. Don’t let it out until it apologises. And cleans its womb. (get it? womb/room – little joke there)

  38. Matthew of Canberra

    “Next thing you know the poor kid will turn in to one of the most admired presidents in US history.”

    You wouldn’t have ever caught teddy in a dress.

  39. Matthew of Canberra

    True families(tm) are made up of brothers, sisters, mums and dads. Show me one example of a child placed with a traditional foster family with led to abuse of the child … JUST ONE! Ok, maybe 10 …

  40. Bondles

    You never know what might happen if you start putting boys in dresses and taking photos of them!

    Next thing you know the poor kid will turn in to one of the most admired presidents in US history.

  41. jules

    We need stricter laws about this.

    Its obvious that parents who don’t dress their children appropriately shouldn’t be allowed to keep them. Rules that spell out the appropriate colour code – pink is for girls and blue is for boys, and that stipulate appropriate clothing types -for example girls should not be allowed to wear shorts or trousers, and boys whose hair is longer than an inch on top and a mm at the side – well we need quick response mobile barbers to deal with that situation. This is the root of all our problems people. Lax gender stereotyping.

    We have our first bub due any minute (it was officially yesterday so the kid is late, another example of the decline of western civilisation. If children don’t arrive on their due date then that sets a bad example for the rest of their life.) Someone sent us an orange jumpsuit – naturally we burnt it straight away. I won’t allow that level of uncertainty for my child. Whats the world coming to?

  42. Coldsnacks

    Surprisingly lazy? Par for the course for the Daily Terror

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