Image from The Corpse Vanishes (1942)

As a woman, I must have major panic attacks and retreat to my fainting couch every time a man disagrees with me, or even does something that remotely challenges my way of thinking. Or so feminism would have you believe.

For a movement that claims to be obsessed with

the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.

it sure seems to be obsessed with the infantilization of any and all women. Even more so if you’re a woman deemed by the feminist ranks to be a “minority”: i.e. transgender or nonwhite. There are swathes of people on the internet and in real life attempting to protect women from anything remotely resembling a dissenting opinion.

We’re harassed out of the video game industry. We’re harassed in the tech industry in general. We’re harassed out of STEM. Everywhere women go, sexual and physical harassment, online and verbal attacks ensue, and we must protect and wrap women—especially minority women—in cotton wool to keep us all safe. We must protect women from dangerous words. In a modern edit of Helen Lovejoy, won’t someone think of the women!

It is the current year. To be precise, it is 2017, and women are thriving, particularly in First World countries. Women outnumber men in university enrollments and graduation numbers. There have been multiple female leaders of these countries: Angela Merkel, Julia Gillard, Helen Clark, Theresa May, Nicola Sturgeon, the list goes on. Women are in charge of policy reform, have a sub-branch of the United Nations, and have helped pass many laws ensuring women’s rights should be respected.

Not to feminism. For every great leap forward, women are apparently ten steps behind men. There is a major problem with feminism: for every important law or prevailing viewpoint held, feminists get angrier. If there’s even a minor setback to anything they are promoting, we are now living in the Medieval Era. Hillary Clinton lost the Election? Well, we’re worse off than Saudi Arabia, who only recently allowed women to drive. Any data that proves women have it better than the past is immediately dismissed, proof of patriarchal influence.

Women used to be strong, brave and admirable. First Wave suffragettes, like Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters, as radical as the pathetic ANTIFA protestors of now, chained themselves to walls as forms of protest. Elizabeth I once said:

I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king.

She was able to rule England with the same strength and prowess as a man, and even evaded death threats from her father, Henry VIII. Joan of Arc is renowned as a brave and courageous knight who fought against the English. Catherine the Great is one of the greatest rulers of Russia. Margaret Thatcher ruled England in the 1980s as tough as any male fascist. You have Hatshepsut and Cleopatra.

This image of the innocent, feeble woman who constantly needs help from feminists may come from the age-old trope of innocent mother-figure. This absolutely ignores the violent women of the past, such as Rosemary West, Aileen Wuornos, Elizabeth Báthory, the women of Charles Manson’s cult, the many female SS officers (Irma Grese and Ilse Koch being the most notorious) in Nazi Germany, and the list goes on as well. Of course, neither the great or the horrific figures make up all women, but it seems many feminists still see women as innocent mother-figures, and nothing more.

This is incredibly detrimental to women’s rights. If even the mere mention of the word “bossy” sends women to fainting couches, how are women expected to be on the same level playing field as men?

The problem lies within the Gender and Women’s Studies departments at many universities. What would happen to these faculties if women reached true equality (or equity, as they say)? Kaput.

That’s right, there would be no need for Gender and Women’s Studies if women were truly equal to men. That is why the infantilization game continues. These departments would rightly be a subset of History classes, and only shown as part of a laughable past where women struggled to have basic abortion rights or—in the case of Saudi Arabia—drive without a male present. This is why useless issues like manspreading, hepeating, and the absolute horror of being called “bossy” or the C-word take over more pressing matters. Even when important issues are spoken about, it is usually only in the context of dialog or starting a conversation. Nobody ever cares about getting out of the “talking” stage and actually partaking in dangerous action. That’s because it actually involves effort. And it’s dangerous.

The feminists of yore would be embarrassed.

In order to keep useless branches of universities like Gender Studies operating and indoctrinating, we have to keep treating women like babies and barely more than objects.

This is a dangerous precedent, and only seeks to set women back further into the past, just like feminists catastrophize their enemies are doing. We must fight back. We must not retreat to our fainting couches.