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many a mansplainer, but Conservative blogger Erick Erickson’s remarks about women as breadwinners are particularly out-of-date: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