“I am more of an expert on this than you are, because I’m a guy.”
That’s right, those are the first words out of this man’s mouth during an interview on what it’s like to be a woman and experience street harassment.
Fortunately, Amanda Seales, a comedian who was also part of the interview, has facial expressions for all of the feelings he stirs inside our feminist rage caves. (Unless indicated otherwise, all quotes come from Mr. Mansplainer. And he doesn’t even get a name, because he’s clearly just a Ken doll spewing out YouTube comments, and therefore doesn’t deserve a name.)
The newslady starts by asking, “Is too much being made of this issue?”
“You would not care if these guys were hot. They would be bolstering your self-esteem, bolstering your ego.”
“There is nothing a woman loves to hear more than how pretty she is.”
Then they begin to question/discuss the authenticity of the video. Amanda’s face says it all.
“So, you’re telling me then if I compliment you on the street it’s some sort of abuse, no matter how I choose to do it? That means that if you don’t compliment ME when I walk by, THAT’S abuse.”
Newslady asks, “So, what are you saying, Amanda?”
“I’m saying that he’s wrong.”
Amanda says, “We’re missing the point” and no one listens.
“You have to understand something…”
“If you don’t like it, turn around and tell them to shut up. Stand up for yourself, act like a strong woman.”
Side comment: I would LOVE to hear him to say this to his daughter, his sister, his mother.
When Amanda points out that women have been killed for standing up for themselves, he has another great idea.
“Then carry a gun!”
Newslady has officially lost it. Amanda is shocked. And Ken Doll is pretending his hand is a gun.
Moral of the story:
YOU ARE WRONG
If you haven’t read Rebecca Solnit’s piece on mansplaining, I highly recommend it.
You can watch the CNN interview with Amanda and Ken Doll here:
And Amanda’s response to this video going viral here:
Check out more of Amanda’s work here:
Be sure to look at the organization behind the original catcalling video