Spearheader: A female student’s critical column on Columbus proves women don’t deserve college educations

Hey, I kidnapped some people for you!

Look, I kidnapped some people for you!

Our dear friend W.F. Price of The Spearhead celebrated Columbus Day yesterday with a post suggesting that “American girls” are too weak-minded to deserve college educations.

Price’s misogyny is nothing new, but what, you may wonder, is the connection to Columbus Day? Well, you see, Price ran across a column in the Daily Nebraskan by a female student named Shelby Fleig that was, well, rather critical of Mr. Columbus, pointing out, among other things, that he kidnapped and enslaved many of those he encountered in the Americas.

Fleig’s piece is a tad simplistic at times — at one point it says that when Columbus arrived in the Americas he encountered a “civilization close to 14,000 years old,” which is just plain wrong; there were people in the Americas around 14,000 years ago, but there were no civilizations anywhere on earth that far back. Still, the piece certainly reflects reality far more closely than anything you’ll find on The Spearhead on any given day.

To Price, though, the column is such an unpatriotic abomination that he considers it evidence that education is wasted on women. No, really.

Little Ms. Fleig certainly has it in for her forefathers, but is it really her fault? Probably not. She, like most other college girls, is simply parroting what’s been fed to her by her profs. Girls are good at that, which is why teachers like them so much — they’re easy.

If you’re the father of an American girl, is this really what you want your daughter to absorb over the course of four years? Does it add any value whatsoever to the family or to the nation?

I’m not sure what specifically Price is objecting to about Fleig’s account — aside from its mild profanity (the word “bullshit”) and its less-than-reverential tone towards an icon of American history. But he offers no rebuttal, perhaps because he really can’t. While Fleig may be a bit ahistorical in her judgment of Columbus, it’s a fact that he kidnapped and enslaved hundreds of natives and committed other atrocities. It’s a fact that he paved the way for conquest and genocide. History isn’t pretty.

But Price is only getting started, telling fathers of “American girls” that

Your money would be much better spent sending her to sewing or baking school. Let’s face it: Ms. Fleig isn’t going to discover the cure for cancer. Despite being an attractive young woman, she isn’t going to colonize Mars, either (at her size, she’d be too expensive to launch out of the Earth’s atmosphere).

Yep, he goes there. No manosphere screed is complete without a bit of gratuitous fat-shaming.

In all likelihood, the best she could hope for is a nonprofit or government job fully funded by her father’s and brother’s tax bills.

Because girls can’t handle real jobs. Because jobs at nonprofits or with the government aren’t real jobs. Because nonprofits are funded entirely by the government. And because only men pay taxes.

And yet she represents 60% of college students. What an enormous, unsustainable waste. It’s impolitic to point it out, but from a cost-benefit point of view, in most cases higher education is entirely wasted on women, and as in Ms. Fleig’s case is often counterproductive.

So that’s Price’s thoughtful and logical rebuttal to Fleig’s article: a post that addresses none of her arguments, posits the natural inferiority of women, and attacks her for her apparent weight.

Let’s see what the highly erudite Spearhead readers have to say about it in the comments.

Gender Foreigner suggests that women, born to obey, are simply obeying the wrong people:

Women don’t know how to think: they know how to obey. So, let’s tell them what to do. What they lack is MEN to obey instead of girls to obey. Barefoot, pregnant in the kitchen, obeying masculine will. As long as they do that they will feign civility.

Dire Badger, for his part, acknowledges that Columbus did a lot of terrible things, but argues that this doesn’t matter because reasons. He also uses profanity, though Price doesn’t step in to rebuke him for that.

[I]n the end, individual racial and cultural atrocities mean NOTHING the moment the last person that witnessed them dies…. but things like achievements in literature, art, science… the true immortality that keeps building as part of a cultural intellectual inheritance. The only meaning that such atrocities have is to teach us NOT TO DO THEM AGAIN. Anything else is beating the dead victim horse for no benefit whatsoever, and merely punishes the people that had NOTHING to do with the original atrocity.

In short, columbus opened up america for expansion. He sailed the ocean blue in a way that hadn’t been achieved for nearly 400 years since the vikings.
As for the rest? FUCK YOU. Get over it already, you pussy.

In a followup comment, he adds:

Columbus rediscovered America by a monumental navigational goofup… funny story… What he did afterwards doesn’t concern me except as an object lesson. I honor the accomplishment but have no reason to diminish it by sorrow over a bunch of people who would still be more than 400 years dead if Columbus had never existed.

Schlomo, meanwhile, is mad at Fleig for not blaming Columbus’ mom for the whole thing:

What irks me is that feminists constantly blame only men– and then mostly white men– for all evil in the world. They don’t look at women’s roles in raising boys to be exploiters; or in bedding “bad boys” (thus rewarding their brutality); or in serving as Nazi prison guards, etc.

White females helped run plantations in the Old South and ran them alone during the Civil War. Ergo, it’s a lie that gals are innately “better” than guys. After all, they became queens of men feminists now demonize… and sometimes were the evil-incarnate leaders of countries themselves.

Nowhere, of course, do feminists praise men for the creating the Magna Carta or washing machines or hi-fi systems. No kudos, either, for males who wiped out polio and provided potable water. Also, no credit for inventing penicillin or making cars safer. Always and everywhere feminists blame-blame-blame. You never hear them collectively apologize for THEIR shite, like their hysterical historical foresisters’ White Feather campaigns… or sleeping with the enemy.

Where is the condemnation of Sacagawea for helping Whitey conquer her “people”?

It’s like domestic violence: fembots never talk about the equal evil women do.

Wilson, meanwhile, decides that Fleig is the truly evil one, not Columbus, based on a bunch of TRUE FACTS about her he’s pulled from his own posterior:

Conquest through genocide is not actually immoral, since there is no “social contract” being violated, though the greed of it may be questionable. Fleig would support a genocide against whites, so she is in no position to judge anyway, and her motivations–spite, malice, nihilism, betrayal–are much more evil than Columbus’s straightforward and productive ambition

But Fleig does have one defender amongst the Spearhead regulars, a fella named Dragnet, who happily declares that “corn-fed” gals like her please his penis. No, really, that’s his argument.

Being from the Midwest myself, I find her buxom, corn-fed heft absolutely delightful. I have had more than a few liaisons with her similarly endowed Midwestern sisters–to this day my manhood rises in salute.

What I wouldn’t give for more women on the east coast to be built like Miss Fleig. There’s a well-built, fulsome hardiness to the women of the Midwest that you really don’t find out East. God bless them all.

Well, I’m glad these superior-brained, independent-minded men have put us all straight on these important historical issues.

About David Futrelle

I run the blog We Hunted the Mammoth, which tracks (and mocks) online misogyny. My writing has appeared in a wide variety of places, including Salon, Time.com, the Washington Post, the New York Times Book Review and Money magazine. I like cats.

Posted on October 15, 2013, in antifeminism, creepy, evil fat fatties, evil women, female beep boop, imaginary backwards land, men created civilization, men invented everything, men who should not ever be with women ever, misogyny, MRA, only men pay taxes apparently, racism, the spearhead, unsolicited penis updates, women's jobs aren't real and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 376 Comments.

  1. It’s the giant lunar moth! (Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?)

  2. WordPress hates me😦 it’s not even the right buggering video!

    Loved the gorgeous moth, nighty night folks🙂

  3. Cute vid, tho’!


  4. Ooooh, I wish all our moths were that big! I’d see more huge awesome moths and also my place as the valiant defender against all things fluttery and erratic would be even more firmly cemented! (Husbutt is the valiant defender against all things eight-legged and possibly venemous.)

  5. I can see the cute of the moth, but I’ve had giant fucking TX moths fly at my head, so I’m a little skittish around large flying objects.

  6. Don’t even get me started on those big-ass flying cockroach things that are down here. Fuck a bunch of them.

  7. @opheliamonarch, I think the vids aren’t embedding because they’re mobile (m.youtube.com). If you hit “share” and choose “email,” you can copy & paste the link from the message. Time-consuming but effective!

  8. I think moths are highly adorable. They are fuzzy and tiny and they have feathers on their heads.

  9. yoyo, I didn’t put you on moderation. You signed in (perhaps accidentally) with a different account, or name or something, today and got moderated b/c of that, and then got moderated again when you switched you email. Everyone who posts with a new account gets moderated until I approve their first comment.

  10. @katz, Dr. Doolittle?

  11. Not an insect, but an amaaaaazing looking little critter. It looks like something you’d buy in a toyshop. The dancing mating act is fan.tas.tic.


  12. OK. that thing is adorable. It looks like it was made by Jim Henson.

  13. Eeek! Still a spider. It’s their faces and all those eye that freak me out in photos, as much as anything else.

  14. I never thought I would say this, but I am in love with that spider. The waving! The rainbow display! He was cute enough to eat, which is exactly what the female spider decided.


  15. Come to think of it, that would be an interesting evolutionary test of PUAs. If your game isn’t effective at inducing the feeeeeeeeeeeeemale to mate with you, you get devoured by an angry feeeeeeeeeeeeeeemale spider. (What, you didn’t think I was going to make a human woman touch a PUA!)

  16. Sorry folks, just testing.


    Thanks for the advice viscaria, it’s changed since the last time I was on here.

    You were right, it was a mobile link. It seems you can just paste from the share bit though so that saves a bit of trouble.

  17. Mildlymagnificent that spider was wonderful.🙂

  18. I’ve been sharing the adorable rainbow spider all over the place. Someone should make a cartoon of it – Mr Spider’s Quest For Love.

  19. I can do Mr Spider’s Quest For Dinner.🙂

  20. Okay!?!? So that one embedded right here in the comments, weird.

  21. All right, I know I’m talking to myself, but that last time it played right on the comments screen, then when I tried it again it flipped to the second screen.

    I’m blaming iOS 7, I know it’s not that, but I hate iOS 7 so it’s getting the blame.

    *mutters to self*
    “I use to love my iPad, but Apple had to go ruin it! Why can’t I revert to iOS 6? I’m a good person, I liked iOS 6, iOS 6 didn’t wipe all my audiobooks, and it didn’t make me nauseous, and WTF is it with that music app?”

  22. The Apple has a worm in it


    /sticking with Windows even if it is crappy

  23. And iOS 6 understood wtf a contraction is! Seriously, it’ die it’d be great if my iPad didn’t insist on changing them. It’s truly annoying.

    Otoh, it did just do this: mango as manginas.

    But really, it’ squire it’s quite obnoxious when I’ve got to fix half my contractions. It’s not fun at all (hey, it didn’t change that to “it’ snot”!…that shouldn’t seem like an achievement)

  24. Moth! Cute as fuck! iOS7 behaves for me so I have no troubles with it, and I like the launchpad, changing music is much easier as is finding a flashlight.

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