Women couldn’t vote, hold most types of jobs, receive a higher education, and were basically their husbands’ property, but that doesn’t stop some people from wishing they could return to the more conservative times of the 1900s.
Did people of all genders, skin colors, and sexual orientations enjoy basic human rights back then? Of course not! But at least women didn’t hate men, right? Instead, according to one man named Craig, also known as @lordofsnowflake on Twitter, the ladies smiled and fawned over sexual predators.
Someone pointed out the prevalent, normalized sexual harassment women face on a regular basis:
You know what’s more obnoxious than women having a good time for a few hours? Men sexually harassing us while we’re walking down the street every fucking day. https://t.co/GwDi1RXpgt
— OhNoSheTwitnt (@OhNoSheTwitnt) July 20, 2018
This was a time when women could not complain about being berated and harassed, because they were subordinate to men. But…okay!
Craig dreams of a magical time when women blushed at being wolf-whistled and catcalled:
Telling a woman on the street shes gorgeous or wolf whistles arent sexual harassment. I Just wish we could go back to the early 1900s where women were actually women and didnt hate men.
— Craig (@lordofsnowflake) July 20, 2018
He was adamant that a woman receiving unwanted attention is not sexual harassment, despite the fact that he is not a woman, and has never experienced such circumstances. Twitter wasn’t afraid to shut him down for his blatant sexism.
Some reminded him that women had almost no basic human rights back then.
In the early 1900's women:
– couldnt vote
– was considered the property of their husband.
-really couldnt work
-couldnt attend college for what was considered “mens jobs”.
Your statement tells me all i need to know about you. #chauvenist
— Mandy (@mandymais) July 20, 2018
Others pointed out that catcalling is objectifying to women, not to mention potentially dangerous.
When you’re a woman who is walking, it’s actually hard to tell a harmless whistler from a rapist who is just getting started with his assault. For my personal safety, I have to assume the worst and it’s pretty stressful!
— Laurie Kilmartin (@anylaurie16) July 21, 2018
Hi Craig. Woman here. I know you think that it’s a compliment to be whistled at on the street, but here’s how it feels. It feels like we are objects, there for men’s pleasure. Like we may need to fear for our safety, if we don’t smile. Like we should cover up more in shame.
— CO'B (@wellshaken) July 20, 2018
The best shut down came from wordsmith Jennifer Wright, who has authored two history books, It Ended Badly and Get Well Soon. She is also the political editor for Harper’s BAZAAR.
She mentioned how Frankenstein author Mary Shelley was anything but quiet and submissive.
Mary Shelly lost her virginity on her mom's grave, facilitated a lesbian wedding, and carried her dead husband’s heart around in a bag, so, yeah, I agree, let’s return to traditional values. pic.twitter.com/GvB8Rm8YWq
— Jennifer Wright (@JenAshleyWright) August 5, 2018
People applauded Wright. Someone else pointed out that during this time period, some women used hatpins to stab men who harassed them.
Wow, a trend that is both fashionable and functional. Maybe we should bring that back?
Also, in the early 1900s, women stabbed catcallers with hatpins.
I agree, let's return to traditional values.
— Messy Prodigy (@khaleesi_britt) August 6, 2018
Hatpins ranging in size from icepicks to short swords, no less. Because fashion.
— Paul (@PaulLoves2Laugh) August 6, 2018
Make hatpins great again
— Jake Slone (@JacobSlone11) August 7, 2018
Oh no chum. We hated you then, too. https://t.co/NGaBHCJbq6
— badly drawn bee (@soapachu) August 6, 2018
In the future, Craig, consider allowing women to define what is and is not sexual harassment. Okay? Okay. Glad we had this talk.
I think it’s up to women to decide what is and isn’t sexual harassment
— Bob Hoag (@Bob_Hoag) July 20, 2018
Hats—and hatpins—off to you, Jennifer Wright!