Missouri Political Outlier Courtland Sykes Sparks National Furor With Anti-Feminism Screed

By Kevin McDermott
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) U.S. Senate candidate Courtland Sykes has prompted a flood of outraged national media attention after he reposted an anti-feminist screed that he originally sent to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last fall.

ST. LOUIS

America, meet Courtland Sykes.

And don’t say we didn’t warn you.

The fringe-y U.S. Senate candidate has lately become known to Missourians (a little) for campaign videos that look like James Bond parodies.

What scant debate he has spawned in the state’s political world has centered mainly on whether his coiffed-and-squinting political persona is genuine or satiric.

But now that persona has prompted a flood of outraged national media attention, after Sykes reposted this month an anti-feminist screed that he originally sent to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last fall.

“I want to come home to a home cooked dinner at six every night, one that (his fiancee) fixes and one that I expect one day to have daughters learn to fix after they become traditional homemakers and family wives,” Sykes wrote in his statement to the newspaper last fall, and which he recently reposted on his Facebook page. “Think Norman Rockwell here and Gloria Steinem be damned.”

And there’s this: “I don’t buy into radical feminism’s crazed definition of modern womanhood. … They made it up to suit their own nasty, snake-filled heads.”

And this: “I want daughters … 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 forego home life and children and the happiness of family to become nail-biting manophobic hell-bent feminist she-devils.”

The manifesto was part of Sykes’ answer to a questionnaire the Post-Dispatch sent him in October about his candidacy for Missouri’s Republican U.S. Senate nomination. The newspaper quoted from parts of it in a story about him it posted Oct. 8.

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