Opposition to feminism is nothing new, but Republican Senate candidate Courtland Sykes' comments on women's rights took it one step further. The Missouri candidate shared his views on Facebook on Tuesday about his response to the question, "Do you favor women's rights?" In a statement, Sykes said that feminists with "snake-filled heads" carried a "nasty" agenda that should've been ended years ago.
Although Sykes shared his statement on Facebook on Tuesday, the original exchange took place on Sept. 29, 2017, according to the transcript. Sykes first noted that he followed his fiancée's "orders" but that his "obedience comes with a small price that she loves to pay anyway." Then, he wrote:
I want to come home to a home-cooked dinner at six every night, one that she fixes and one that I expect one day to have daughters learn to fix after they become traditional homemakers and family wives.
Sykes added that that he was thinking of painter and author Norman Rockwell for inspiration for such a traditional and domestic life, "and Gloria Steinem be damned."
The Missouri candidate went on, writing, "I don't buy into radical feminism's crazed definition of modern womanhood and I never did. They don't own that definition—and never did. They made it up to suit their own nasty, snake-filled heads. Modern women can BE anything they want, including traditional women—as millions are and millions more are fast becoming."
Still not done with his rant, Sykes focused on Hillary Clinton and then said, "Millennial women voters despised Hillary and cost her the election (and they weren't Russians). I wonder why they despise her? One reason is they look at her personal life's wreckage and didn't want to become like her."
Sykes then said that the modern-day feminist demand was a "non-stop feminization campaign against manhood." He also said, "Men and women are different and gender-bending word games by a goofy nest of drugstore academics aren't going to change anything—except the fantasy life of those confused people in ivory towers."
If this wasn't enough, Sykes then turned his attention to how he would like to raise his daughters. In an elaborate scenario, Sykes said, "I want daughters to have their own intelligence, their own dignity, their own workspace, and their own degrees. I want them to build home-based enterprises and live in homes shared with good husbands, and I don't want to them [to] grow up into career-obsessed banshees who forego home life and children and the happiness of family to become nail-biting manophobic [sic] hell-bent feminist she-devils who shriek from the tops of a thousand tall buildings they are [sic] think they could have leaped over in a single bound—had men not 'suppressed them.' That's just nuts. It always was." Sykes did not elaborate on what a "home-based enterprise" would be.
Ultimately, the Missouri candidate said that he did support women's rights but with a caveat. "I support women's rights but not the kind that has oppressed natural womanhood for five long decades—the kind of wrongheaded 'women's rights' that allows mean-spirited radical feminists to use political correctness and their little broom label of 'sexist' to define womanhood and women's rights for me, for my family, for you, and your family or for my country and the world." He then said that there was "good news" for everyone. "[Radical feminists] are finished. Ask Hillary."
On social media, observers were stunned by Sykes commentary. Author of My Daughter's Army, Greg Hogben, commented, "Courtland Sykes - a GOP Senate candidate - just posted this to Facebook. If you are a woman in Missouri, please check it out. He has some views on women and feminism you should know about." It's clear that when it comes to the topic of women's rights, Sykes may not have a ton of fans on Twitter. How that will affect his Senate run is to be seen.