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10 Worst Mansplainers on the Internet (or Anywhere)

10 Worst Mansplainers on the Internet (or Anywhere)
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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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7:41AM PDT on Sep 11, 2013


7:31AM PDT on Aug 25, 2013

they are trying so hard to hold the power in a changing world where women are simply not tolerating their abuse and control. New world

11:27AM PDT on Jul 21, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

6:41PM PDT on Jul 20, 2013


5:27PM PDT on Jul 19, 2013

Oh, Stephen B., you little mansplainer you! You are aware that the word is NOT complimentary, are you not? That little video is cute, but F-ed up. Whoever made it missed the whole "men are from mars, women are from venus" thang. He ended up creating quite the misogynistic little video.

Yes, many women seek an eduction or training for lower paying jobs but I doubt you or your friend understand why. There's obviously more than one reason but the chief amoung them is practicality. They choose a profession in which they know they'll have a better chance at securing a job. But that has changed significantly in the past 15 years alone. Go to any urban courthouse or emergency department, check out a laboratory. Women are going into traditionally male white and grey collar fields like gangbusters. Women are also enter blue collar fields that aren't restricted to packing boxes in a factory. They're driving trucks and forklifts and performing many other tasks just as efficiently as their male coworkers. Not every blue collar job requires the strength of Paul Bunyan. Or is it not like that in the US?

5:26PM PDT on Jul 19, 2013


You or somebody else has screwed up pay equity. But after reading what you've written, it's a wonder that anybody hires women at all! I'd like to know where, when and who in the AAUW said women would be getting 22% more pay if Pay Equity was enforced? The figures are laughable and the logic severely flawed.

It is NOT expected that if one account manager regularly works 40 hour weeks and the other regularly works 60 hour weeks that both will be taking home the same amount of money each week. (that'd only happen if it was the woman who was working the 60 hours! hahahahah gawd, I slay me) Pay Equity = EQUAL PAY FOR WORK OF EQUAL VALUE. Don't get me started on "productivity." Women in white collar jobs around the world have worked harder and longer than their male colleagues just to get a bit of recognition. Because MAYBE if they stood out, the old boys upstairs would take a look at their performance and not pass them over - again, in favour of some man with less experience and less "productivity."

5:25PM PDT on Jul 19, 2013


Many, many of the women that the UUAW have been fighting for are paid hourly wages. Pay equity, or lack thereof, should be much more apparent here. Even if a woman had to take every Tuesday afternoon off to take her kid for physiotherapy, she's still entitled to the same HOURLY WAGE as the guy on the other side of the assembly line. Let's say they both make $15/hr. She has to take off 4 hours every week, so she earns $60/wk less than he does - legitimately. What is so difficult to understand?

28% 6% 100% Your numbers don't add up. And I find it hard to believe that someone in AAUW would make such a mistake publicly. Oh yeah and I wasn't really joking about the 60 vs 40 hour work weeks. ;-)

8:10AM PDT on Jul 19, 2013

I haven't heard the word of "mansplainer" either!

Women and girl bashing also exist strongly in sports!!! I really get tired of hearing a player or coach yell to the players to not play like girls is just one example! There are tons of other examples but I think the readers get my point!!!

1:41PM PDT on Jul 18, 2013

well said Spencer

1:21PM PDT on Jul 18, 2013

Ladies, ,As a male, I would like one add one topic left out of this article and that is an apology.This idiot and his mentality doesn't fly with me. I hope he doesn't fly with anybody frankly. I just wanted you to know that I stand side by side with you in this and other battles for equality. I have a daughter and would hope others would stand along with her.

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