Students at Wellesley College have complained about how the statue triggers in them fears of sexual assault, white privilege, male privilege, oppression, and other very bad things.
Feminism should be about empowering women — teaching them and the rest of us that women can lead corporations, participate in Olympic wrestling, and become politicians who go toe-to-toe with authoritarian governments around the world.
Yet these young women cannot handle The Sleepwalker. The contemporary “feminist” rhetoric they have absorbed announces their weakness and vulnerability. Imagine what a statue of the wrath of Achilles would do to the poor dearies.
This is not feminism. It is infantilism. Or, rather, since it is a product of academic theory, we should give it a proper label such as Learned Infantilism, with all its faux distress and passive-aggressiveness.