Wellesley sculpture protests are not feminist

Tony Martelli’s The Sleepwalker has generated a large number of protests about its patriarchal nature. Journalists at Slate and The Wall Street Journal have more coverage. sleepwalker-statue-petition

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.

3 thoughts on “Wellesley sculpture protests are not feminist

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  • February 15, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    So much for free expression. Why didn’t they also express “outrage” at all those scary monsters last Halloween?

  • February 16, 2014 at 3:16 am

    The Onion’s take:


    A friend, a female university professor and passionate advocate of and activist for woman’s rights, said that today’s feminists have become their own worst enemies.

    ‘Who Stole Feminism?: How Women Have Betrayed Women’ by Christina Hoff Sommers and ‘The New Victorians: A Young Woman’s Challenge to the Old Feminist Order’ by Rene Denfeld are worthwhile reads on the subject.

    But this is not to diminish the very real historical and contemporary issues. I’ve just spent a week reading of the horrendous oppression of women in the Middle East, India, Africa and Papua New Guinea: genital mutilation, infanticide, stonings, witch burnings, etc.

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