“There are men, often people like you, who want to have sex with young girls. Dads like me will kill these predators, often people like you, with our multiple guns.”
Eric Sprankle, a professor of sexuality studies who once claimed the Virgin Mary did not “consent” to the conception of Jesus Christ, characterized “creepy” fathers who protect the chastity of their daughters during prom season as “vaginal gatekeepers” who threaten “violence against teen boys.”
“It’s prom season, which means dads assume the unnecessary and unwanted creepy role of vaginal gatekeepers for their daughters while threatening violence against teen boys. Good times,” Sprankle, who praises Satan in his Twitter profile, said in a Tuesday tweet that generated more than 1,000 likes and hundreds of comments.
The Minnesota State University, Mankato psychology professor and sex therapist was responding to an image from viral meme website 9Gag, which features a man holding a shotgun while his daughter sits next to him in a formal dress. A caption accompanying the photo reads: “Waiting for the Prom Date.”
There are men, often people like you, who want to have sex with young girls. Dad’s like me will kill these predators, often people like you, with out multiple guns. That knowledge is what keeps sexual predators like you from approaching our girls.
— TheVoluntaryist (@TuffLikeHuff) May 8, 2019
In a subsequent tweet, Sprankle took aim at the stereotype of the protective dad once again:
So you’re going to lick a boy’s feet if he has a foot fetish? I’m confused. pic.twitter.com/PEm6m4GgJy
— Eric Sprankle, PsyD (@DrSprankle) May 8, 2019
Fellow blue-checkmark users who shared Sprankle’s progressive-minded view of sexuality chimed in to support his take. Daniel Grossman, a pro-choice activist and physician who has expressed sympathies for feminism, took Sprankle’s woke sermonizing a step further by calling out the “patriarchy.”
“As a parent whose daughter just attended prom, this is appalling. I couldn’t imagine patronizing her like this. Young people, especially young women, are individuals with their own sexual autonomy. This is patriarchy in a nutshell,”
Grossman tweeted. “Dudes in the replies be like ‘tHeYrE pRoTeCtInG tHeM fRoM rApE’. If they actually wanted to do that, they’d teach their daughters and especially their sons about consent and respecting people’s boundaries, not by threatening violence or potentially murdering someone,” wrote feminist blogger Tess McGill. Scientist and writer Marila Coutinho opined that the protective dad mentality “is the perfect father-failure.”
As a parent whose daughter just attended prom, this is appalling. I couldn’t imagine patronizing her like this. Young people, especially young women, are individuals with their own sexual autonomy. This is patriarchy in a nutshell. https://t.co/0s1NoYVRTI
— Dr. Daniel Grossman (@DrDGrossman) May 8, 2019
But not all commenters were as persuaded by Sprankle’s message.
“Ya man dadz r such creeps,” quipped National Review contributing editor Daniel Foster. “There are men, often people like you, who want to have sex with young girls. [Dads] like me will kill these predators, often people like you, with [our] multiple guns. That knowledge is what keeps sexual predators like you from approaching our girls,” wrote one commenter. Others suggested Sprankle needed to learn how to recognize a joke.
Sprankle – who endorses secularism, sex education, sexual liberation, cats and satanic worship in his blue-checkmarked Twitter bio – often promotes liberal-minded views to his more than 20,000 followers on a plethora of subjects. Last year, he sparked controversy by tweeting that the “virgin birth story is about an all-knowing, all-powerful deity impregnating a human teen” and “there is no definition of consent that would include that scenario.”
One of the most fiercely debated issues in feminism’s struggle against the patriarchy is the effect societal norms have on oppressing women’s sexuality. Feminists have consistently decried traditional values as sexist, outmoded and oppressive attempts to control their bodies.