Make Me A Woman
by Jessica Fithen
The convention that promises to "raise your femininity by 500%"
The Handmaid’s Tale is a novel that was originally published in 1985 by Margaret Atwood and was recently revived by the Hulu series of the same name. I will admit that prior to the series release, I had never read the book, and only briefly heard of the name in passing. But like millions of other viewers, the Hulu series simultaneously horrified and captivated me, many times forcing me to look away from the screen in disgust.
If you’ve not read the book or watched the series – it’s time to do so.
“Is this real?” was the number one response to a convention page link shared on my Instagram page @you.look.like.a.man. Surely, it was some form of brilliant satire, meant to push your buttons, make you think, and in the end, the curtain would be pulled back and someone would yell – “gotcha!”
Except there is no punchline.
The “22 Convention: Make Women Great Again” is coming to Orlando, Florida, in May of 2020, and is intended for only “natural born women” (these are the actual, real words used in their advertisement).
First off, can I just talk about this picture? This is a zoom-in on a photo on the convention website next to a paragraph about sexual preferences. This person looks exceedingly young to be used as the ideal marital woman. I don’t care if she’s actually 35 – her IMPLIED age in this photograph is pedophilic in nature. But why would I expect anything different from a group of men who want their women uneducated, meek and subservient? Just like a child, right?
A few brief gems from their website:
- “…No longer will you have to give in to toxic bullying feminist dogma and go against your ancient, biological nature as a woman.”
- “Generations of women have been lied to with ‘you can have it all,’ a clever way of tricking them into de-prioritizing motherhood until 90% of their eggs are dead by 30.”
- “Masculine men have preferred feminine women in all areas of life; from the kitchen to the bedroom, dating to relationships, marriage, family, and beyond. High quality masculine men want high quality feminine women to mother their children and set great examples for their daughters.”
- “Our speakers will teach you how to have as many babies as your heart desires with the time you have left and bounce back to amazing health and wellness without extreme diets or stress. The clock is ticking and your babies are soon to be kicking!”
- “Learn the secrets of becoming the ultimate ‘wife material’ in today’s hyper-competitive, dystopian, sexual marketplace of Photoshop, camera angles, and cheap sugar baby sexuality.”
All that for the low price of $999 (early bird pricing) or the regular rate of $1,999.
What a steal.
Diving into their speaker list – one thing jumped off the page. All of the speakers are men. This is convention for (natural born) women to learn to be “better” (naturally born) women, and hosted entirely by men. Because only men can tell women how to be ideal women. But what’s even more shocking is the hilarious hypocrisy of the featured speakers. This conference should be renamed, “Incel 101: Do As I Say, Not As I Do.”
The first listed speaker is Anthony “Dream” Johnson, who refers to himself as the “1st President of the Manosphere.” If you’re not familiar with the term “manosphere,” here’s a basic definition:
The manosphere is a loose collection of predominantly Web-based misogynist movements associated with the alt-right. Movements within the manosphere include antifeminism, father’s rights, Incels (involuntary celibates), MGTOW (Men Going Their Own Way), volcels (voluntarily celibates), pick-up artists, the men’s rights movement, bloggers and commentators, among others. [credit]
Mr. Johnson’s Instagram handle is @beachmuscles65 and for the self-proclaimed “President of the Manosphere,” he has a whopping 2,579 followers, and averages 30 likes and 3 comments per post. Say what?
I was fully expecting to see more traditional family posts on his Instagram account, as the leader of the “Make Women Great Again” convention, yet it is full of typical dick-measuring hyper-sexualized content as seen on any random Instagram page, certainly not expected from a man extolling the values of modesty and class. Is this advertisement for soap “staying classy”?
Sex sells, even for this guy.
The creepiest thing about this guy is his resemblance to Commander Fred Waterford from The Handmaid’s Tale. Commander Waterford was one of the architects of Gilead, the totalitarian government that oppressed women and forced them into subservience via rape, torture and execution.
Another featured speaker is Alexander J.A. Cortes, a former fitness writer for EliteFTS. The convention website states he is a “multi-talented fitness guru and modern-day philosopher winning the minds of men and the hearts of women. Over 50 million women love him for teaching them ‘how to be beautiful.’”
Indeed, Alexander’s most famous tweet was a list of “How To Be A Beautiful Woman,” which featured revolutionary concepts such as “listen to men, “be thin,” and “shave.”
Are women really attending a $2,000 convention to be told to be thin and shave?
Another viral tweet informed the public that “unnatural hair color” was a “red flag” for men to stay away from a woman. As a woman who has rocked every single possible hair color there is – brown, blue, black, red, purple, green…. I snorted.
I’ve been married for almost 14 years, and with the same man for 19 years. Why didn’t someone tell him to stay away from me? It is both laughable and offensive that an entire woman’s character should be judged on her hair color. It is one thing to state that your preference is for a hair color that is not “unnatural.” It’s something entirely different to state that purple hair “advertises toxicity” and warn men to stay away from women who express their individuality via their hairstyle.
Next on the list is Goldmund Unleashed who is “…an adventurer, teacher and coach, Indiana Jones of The Red Pill, and shaman of the manosphere. He is the infamous bad boy author of Camera Game: How to Seduce Women Through Photography.”
The premise of his book? “Create sexually charged photography projects, ask cute girls to get involved, flirt with them, capture an awesome portrait, and use the interaction to get them out on dates...then use your charms and positive first impression to ride the wave to great sex.”
His goal with the book was to “expose the true nature of women.” An amazing choice for a speaker at a convention to “Make Women Great Again.”
By the way, these same jackwagons held a similar type of convention for men recently, and there's not a single shot of the audience on the internet. If you find one, let me know...
Another speaker is Elliott Hulse who is listed as a “Strength Coach, Strongman, Entrepreneur & CEO of Strength Camp.” From his website, Elliott claims that he is the “king of making men strong," and gained a 2 million person following on YouTube via his strength career, and then slowly used this following to preach his increasingly misogynistic views to the masses.
His latest Facebook video was called “What To Do When Your Woman Disrespects You” and is a tale of his psychological manipulation of his pregnant wife. Here’s a sampling of Elliott’s offerings, a video where he says you can cure depression by screaming into thin air.
Why is this important to the readers of YLLAM? With several of these speakers in the fitness industry, their toxic influence cannot be overlooked. Do you want to unknowingly support a fitness guru who is calling you “lethal” because of the color of your hair? Awareness is important and cannot be undervalued. I was not aware of many of these men and their views prior to this convention being announced – and I’m grateful I have the opportunity to research their bullshit and respond, before it’s too late.
The Handmaid’s Tale is a work of fiction that’s closer than we think.
Jessica Fithen (@filthy_fithen) is a competitor in the sport of Strongman and creator of You Look Like A Man.