If you ever thought for a second that we’ve made solid progress as a society combatting the most ridiculous expressions of sexism, don’t worry — there’s always somebody on the internet waiting to prove you wrong.
A tweet slamming women for joining the police force and the military because the uniforms aren’t feminine is making the rounds, causing a wave of eye rolls across the world.
Unfortunately, the sentiment was put forth by a woman who calls herself “The Transformed Wife,” because internalized misogyny is alive and thriving, even in 2020. And she did not hold back.
“I’m not sure how men could be attracted to women dressed as men like female police officers and females in the military,” she wrote. “These are men’s jobs. If they weren’t then women could dress like women in these jobs but they can’t. Stick to being feminine, women.”
I'm not sure how men could be attracted to women dressed as men like female police officers and females in the military. These are men's jobs. If they weren't, then women could dress like women in these jobs but they can't. Stick to being feminine, women.— The Transformed Wife (@laalex2) February 19, 2020
The logic is a total garbage pretzel, but it sounds like Mrs. Transformed believes that because people wear pants to fight crime and terrorism rather than skirts, the jobs are cosmically intended only for men. And also that badass women in uniforms are unattractive to men?
There’s so much to pick apart here that we would need a full on powerpoint presentation to do it right, but that hasn’t stopped the internet from laughing and crying in turn at this absolute nonsense.
👍❤— Rev Dr Kathleen Raphael DD LPN (@drkatraphael) February 23, 2020
1900s.— HMArmedForcesReview (@ForcesReviewUK) February 23, 2020
Would be interested to know if you’d still have this view if a female officer stopped you from being mugged/assaulted or a female firefighter saved you from a burning building! Ridiculous view!!!— Jess (@Jess_RLC) February 21, 2020
She’s mad at women with husbands that actually love them and those that don’t poke holes in condoms to make trap babies. Bitching on the internet is her only skill.— April (@MetalNurseVB) February 22, 2020
also this is clearly someone who’s never been to a strip club— shauna (@goldengateblond) February 20, 2020
While the point of donning a uniform obviously isn’t to look attractive or be feminine, it didn’t take long for people to point out that it’s also still entirely possible to do both.
I'm sure the Princess Royal would not hesitate for a moment to also tell her to STFU. pic.twitter.com/EXKKyQg8AO— David Lantrip (@DavidLantrip) February 27, 2020
I spent 21 years in the military because I wanted to follow in the footsteps many others in my fmly and trust me, the men did & DO find women in uniform attractive. I find her tweet highly insulting to those women who serve & protect her right to say such things— Gma Hope (@lovinggma55) February 22, 2020
oh boy.— Honey 🌈 (@A_Rosie_Life) February 23, 2020
Apparently u need to travel to Europe if ur gonna break the law pic.twitter.com/hWPnGdf1KX— HKbornYankee (@back2theMatrix) February 21, 2020
We do look good indeed pic.twitter.com/J2sYHxEzt3— carienschultz (@carien_schultz) February 22, 2020
And others thought The Transformed Wife needed a reminder that these social constructs of femininity vs masculinity have not stayed the same over the years.
I'm betting you have a real problem with the Catholic church then. All those men wearing dresses!— Jane L. (@JLustwerk) February 20, 2020
Your head must just about explode when you see pictures of European men in high heels & wigs! pic.twitter.com/yiHjkLTiua
😂❤️ Hit the showers, champ! With that reply, you just won twitter! ❤️— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) February 21, 2020
He should get a haircut and a real job. What a lazy man. 🤣🤣🤣🤣— Dan Jock (@LocalhostDemon) February 23, 2020
These people make for easy blocks...
But some of the best responses came from the people who put those uniforms on—regardless of gender.
This is one of the most offensive things I’ve ever read. I am confident when I say, there’s not a female police officer that joined the job because the uniform is flattering. To minimise the work we do down to a uniform is appalling. I’m not here for men to find attractive. https://t.co/uV5GU8Ahgh pic.twitter.com/FAGl9zYtaJ— PC Rosie Finnis (@PCRosieFinnis) February 23, 2020
She thinks you're there to pick up a date, she's deluded. Thank you for your service.— James Fletcher 🏳️🌈🇪🇺🇬🇧 (@jimsterFTO) February 23, 2020
It’s almost like uniforms are meant to be...uniform.— ElGargant (@MParsimonius) February 23, 2020
Thank you for your work in the NHS, you guys don’t get half as much appreciation - or pay! - as you deserve.
You have a right to your outdated view of the world, but frankly you need to catch up with reality. Our force is better because of its diversity, men and women of all ethnic groups. I am proud to have served with and for some amazing women.— Michael Spears 마이클 스피어스 (@MP_Spears) February 22, 2020
You go girl !! pic.twitter.com/Oadd4iQIeN— Aarti Sarwal (@aartisarwal) February 22, 2020
Hopefully The Transformed Wife is able to transform her mind into something a little bit more functional and a LOT less backwards thinking—
Imagine getting in an uproar because I encourage Christian women to be feminine, dress feminine, and not to go after male dominated, masculine jobs. It's heartbreaking to see mothers taken away from their babies for months on end because they have decided to pursue these jobs.— The Transformed Wife (@laalex2) February 25, 2020
—but we’re not going to hold out breaths.