A side of Nikola Tesla you never knew

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Nikola Tesla is celebrated as a genius who had an amazing ability to envision the future. He predicted cellphones, television, and even elements of the internet long before any of these things existed. But he also had some weird ideas about the social issues of tomorrow. Which is why he's become an unlikely hero in the so-called Men's Rights community of today. Despite his brilliance with all things technological, Tesla's views on the social structure of the future were sometimes rather unfortunate. He advocated for the principles of eugenics and forced sterilization to ensure that only humans with the most desirable traits could reproduce. And he insisted that men would one day be forced to submit to women. The inventor imagined a society structured like that of the bee — where male grunts do the heavy lifting and are otherwise only used for breeding purposes. Men would be killed off when they were not needed. Tesla spelled out his ideas about the inevitable (and in his opinion, unfortunate) rise of women in an interview that appeared in the August 10, 1924 issue of the Galveston Daily News. Tesla explained that he once adored and worshipped women. But that his perspective had recently changed, as women had become more and more like men, striving to compete with men in so many aspects of society. "Now the soft-voiced gentle woman of my reverent worship has all but vanished," Tesla told a reporter in 1924. "In her place has come the woman who thinks that her chief success in life lies in making herself as much as possible like man—in dress, voice and actions, in sports and achievements of every kind." Tesla would go on to explain that women competing with men was one of the greatest tragedies he saw in the world. And that no good would come of it for civilization as a whole. "The world has experienced many tragedies, but to my mind the greatest tragedy of all is the present economic condition wherein women strive against men, and in many cases actually succeed in usurping their places in the professions and in industry," the inventor explained in cringe-worthy detail. "This growing tendency of women to overshadow the masculine is a sign of a deteriorating civilization." "Perhaps the male in human society is useless. I am frank to admit that I don't know," Tesla conceded. "If women are beginning to feel this way about it—and there is striking evidence at hand that they do—then we are entering upon the cruelest period of the world's history." via Gizmodo.

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