Courtland Sykes, a Republican senator and GOP candidate from Missouri, released a statement discussing his view on women's rights on Jan. 23, and to say it's completely ass-backward would be one hell of an understatement. According to the Facebook post, Courtland explains that he wanted to make his stance on the matter known in "light of recent questions" he's been getting. And as you can imagine, people totally shredded him for his 1850s-era opinion on Twitter. And yes, you're going to want to grab some popcorn.
Courtland starts by explaining that although his fiancée, Chanel, really wants him to support women's rights, she's going to "have to pay a small price" to get her way: by making him a home-cooked dinner every single night at exactly 6 p.m. and not a second later. "I want to come home to a home cooked dinner every night at six, 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."
He then continues to dig himself into a bigger hole by explaining that he doesn't "buy into radical feminism's crazed definition of womanhood" and never did.
If your eyes aren't rolling back into your head yet, this will do the trick. Just when we thought it couldn't get any worse, he explains exactly what he wants for daughters everywhere:
I want daughters to have their own intelligence, their own dignity, and 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 them to grow up into career-obsessed banshees who forgo home life and children and the happiness of family to become nail-biting manophobic hell-bent feminist she-devils who shriek from the top of a thousand tall buildings.
Seriously, what the actual f*ck? So he wants women to do be independent as long as they're still "traditional homemakers."
And don't get us wrong, there's absolutely nothing wrong with women being homemakers, just like there's nothing wrong with them holding down a career — but isn't that up to us, as women, to decide for ourselves?
Twitter seemed to agree that Courtland's missive was just a little bit off base and promptly dragged him accordingly:
Troglodyte. I'd hope you'd want your daughters to pursue what makes them happy, no matter what it is. Suppression begins at home.
— Crystal Stover (@itsgottaendsoon) January 25, 2018
He wants a cooked dinner? Maybe he should pony up and hire a live-in chef then.
— Lucifer, you old Devil! (@LokiLoptr) January 25, 2018
Here's an easy way to come home to a home-cooked dinner even if you're single: Cook your own bloody dinner the day before and refrigerate it. Heat it up when you get home. Voila. No need to subjugate a human being to get it.
— Kylo Bean (@favomancer) January 25, 2018
Maybe his wife wants to come home to a cooked dinner every night
— Marge Davis (@Marjee123) January 25, 2018
And I'm actually applauding whoever made this valid point:
"Girlfriend"? Not wife? So this ultra-conservative is living in sin - does he "expect" his daughters to do that too? Apparently not...
— Sheenagh Pugh (@sheenaghpugh) January 25, 2018
And to bring everything full circle, there were plenty of This Is Us Crock-Pot references flying:
Preferably the one Jack Pearson had.
— Perrie Samotin (@PerrieWS) January 26, 2018