While the fight for gender equality continues raging on, it turns out the patriarchy is a slippery opponent.
Women in the developed world (for the most part) have more rights and opportunities than ever before, but there are certain 21st century hazards that have raised their ugly heads.
As well as day-to-day harassment, we now contend with online rape and death threats, slut-shaming, body-shaming... just dare to be a woman on the internet and it's guaranteed some anonymous men's rights activist will try and think of a way to shut you down.
That said: some women manage to take those lemons and turn them into glorious bittersweet takedowns of their haters.
Bow down to these queens of the comeback, who have shown us how it's done:
Michelle was sent a horrible message about her weight by a man she went on a Tinder date with – but instead of letting the experience destroy her self esteem, she turned it into an opportunity to call out sexist body-shaming and encourage women to celebrate their looks.
Alexis Frulling had a threesome that was filmed without her knowledge and uploaded to Reddit. Someone identified her, triggering a torrent of sexist abuse.
I thought, ‘This is f–king stupid. I’m not going to have all of these people hating on me… So I was like, ‘You know what, it was me’… I don’t see why I should get bashed for it when the guys don’t get bashed for it.
Alexis trolled her haters back with a video in which she explained she wasn't ashamed by what they thought – and mimed giving a cucumber a blow job to boot.
The Norwegian women's football team made a short mockumentary 'fessing up to what sexists have known for a long time – women's football sucks!
We're sh-t. We suck, plain and simple.
The desperate players said they needed the rules explained to them and reached out to Sepp Blatter asking him to make the game easier for women with a lighter ball, smaller pitch, and the addition of an extra goalie or two.
Student Julie has Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), a condition in which the body doesn't deal well with gravity and can make even the simplest actions like standing up difficult, but has no physical symptoms.
When someone accused her of faking her illness for a parking space, her open letter helped open the eyes of many to the nature of chronic disabilities:
Today my illness was invalidated, but it doesn't make my illness any less real or my fight any less important. I will continue to park in the handicap spot and I will raise my head high and continue to join the fight in searching for a cure.
Rachel was clothes shopping when a family near her in the shop picked up a top in her size and started laughing at how both kids could fit inside it. The experience reduced her to tears but Rachel ended up plucking up the courage to go buy it anyway.
I ended up buying that tank top because, it turns out, I look fierce in it!