Soon-to-be-former Texas governor Rick Perry joined the ranks of mansplainers last week when he said of Texas Senator Wendy Davis at the National Right to Life Convention in Dallas:
She was the daughter of single woman, she was a teenage mother herself. She managed to eventually graduate from Harvard Law School and serve in the Texas Senate. It’s just unfortunate that she hasn’t learned from her own example that every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential and that every life matters.
For offering his patronizing assessment of Senator Wendy Davis’ biography, with some editorializing, Perry’s ad-libbed remarks have been widely broadcast ’round the Internet. It has gained him recognition, as well as infamy, as the “Mansplainer-in-Chief,” ever eager to explain to women what to do with their bodies, simplify that oh-so-complicated financial “stuff” and more.
Perry joins a not exactly august company of mansplaining types:
1. Ron Johnson
Representative Tammy Baldwin (a Democrat) became Wisconsin’s new senator in 2012; she had previously been in Congress since 1999. Nonetheless, Representative Ron Johnson (a Republican who took office in 2011), thought fit to say that “hopefully I can sit down and lay out for her my best understanding of the federal budget because they’re simply the facts.”
Baldwin let Johnson know she is already quite well informed as she was a “double major in college in mathematics and political science, and… served for six years on the House Budget Committee in [her] first six years in the House”.
2. Dylan Byers
After President Obama “reminded us … that even progressive leaders can be sexist“ via his comment that California attorney general Kamala Harris is “the best-looking attorney general in the country,” Politico writer Dylan Byers tweeted “How did it become so difficult to call a woman good looking in public?” Clearly it has become too easy for a man to let his sexist views slip out in public and all across the Internet.
3. Boris Johnson
The mayor of London has uttered many a sexist malapropism. His latest: “jokingly” explaining at the World Islamic Economic Forum that there are so many woman in college because “they’ve got to find men to marry.”
For this he has garnered his very own Twitter hash tag, #sexistmayor.
4. Michael Bloomberg
The New York City mayor has made more than a few remarks that merit the #sexistmayor tag including some ugly comments about New York City mayoral candidate Christine Quinn’s body and clothing — “Do you pay a lot to make your hair be two colors? Because now it’s three with the gray” — as well as “an ungentlemanly remark about a woman’s attractive backside” at a Christmas party.
Next page: Comedians who should know better and Catholic priests who think they have a right to tell women what to do with their bodies.
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