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10 Worst Mansplainers on the Internet (or Anywhere)

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5. Todd Akin

No list of mansplainers would be complete without a mention of the the Missouri Representative otherwise known as “Mr. Legitimate Rape.” No need to say anymore about that.

6. Bill Maher

After saying that Ann Romney “has never gotten her ass out of the house to work,” Bill Maher responded to bipartisan criticism with this mansplanation:

“No one is denying that being a mother is a tough job; I remember I was a handful. But you know there is a big difference between being a mother, and that tough job, and getting your ass out the door at 7 a.m. when it’s cold, having to deal with the boss, being in a workplace, or even if you’re unhappy you can’t show it for eight hours.”

Those who do not only the “tough job” of being a mother but also the other sorts of “workplace” jobs Maher refers to may continue to be rightfully indignant.

7. Erick Erickson

Fox News harbors many a mansplainer, but Conservative blogger Erick Erickson’s remarks about women as breadwinners are particularly out-of-date:

“When you look at biology, look at the natural world, the roles of a male and a female in society, and other animals, the male typically is the dominant role.”

The women’s role? She’s just “complementary.”

Erickson has also informed women that our wanting to “have it all” is “the crux of the problem” and that feminists are “too ugly to get a date” and have “no sense of humor” — criticisms about women that are as old as the hills; postcards from the early 20th century show that suffragettes were routinely drawn as “ugly, mean spinsters.”

8. Ramesh Ponnuru

The senior editor for the National Review has been dubbed (and is) an “epic mansplainer” for writing that the gender pay cap is “exaggerated.” His reasons?

Discrimination “doesn’t drive it and it’s not clear that government can eliminate it — or should even try” because, ultimately, women themselves are to blame.

Yes, according to Ponnuru, we women just choose to make less than men and are just “more likely” to work part-time and take lower-paying jobs — I guess, like Erickson, it must be something about our biology.

9. Tony Abbott

The leader of Australia’s opposition Liberal Party — who hosted a fundraiser whose menu offered a dish that made repulsive references to former Prime Minister  Julia Gillard‘s body — is on the record for too many sexist comments for us to keep track.

One example however came when he once noted that “the problem with the Australian practice of abortion is that an objectively grave matter has been reduced to a question of the mother’s convenience.”

When Gillard called him a sexist misogynist in a speech that went viral, she was just saying what has long been obvious.

10. Cardinal Timothy Dolan

The Archbishop of New York (along with many a member of the Catholic Church’s hierarchy) could vie with Rick Perry for the title of “Mansplainer in Chief.”

Along with leading the charge against the Affordable Care Act’s no co-pay birth control provision, dubbing it nothing less than an attack on religious freedom, Dolan recently called on his flock to fight a proposed bill to ease restrictions on late-term abortions in New York state.

He declared: ”the direct taking of the life of a child in the womb in no way enhances a woman’s dignity” — but, apparently, taking orders from a conservative white man in a dress vestments does?

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7:41AM PDT on Sep 11, 2013

ouch...

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

Thanks

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

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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

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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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