— ann friedman (@annfriedman) May 22, 2015
Over Memorial Day weekend, “feminists” on Twitter and other social media outlets had themselves a good cry over a mean statue that left their feelings all hurty because men. The statue, above, is a supposed paean to male indifference because, and the following is a real thing, it supposedly depicts “mansplaining.” If you don’t know what “mansplaining” is, just consider yourself lucky and move on with your life. Don’t find out.
For those of you who stuck around, the femsplanation of what is wrong with the statue goes like this: The girl in the piece of artwork is seated. The boy in the piece of artwork is standing up and has his leg on the bench. This means he is being dominant, and therefore mean. And big tough feminists don’t like it when men are mean so they cry about it on the internet. Got it? No? Let’s try again.
In the statue, there are two people, one we are to assume identifies as male, and the other we are to assume identifies as female, given the context and regardless of their chosen manner of dress. The apparently male identifying character in the depiction is standing triumphantly, as if after felling prey on the savannah of ancient earth, like maybe a mastodon or one of those giant tigers with big long teeth who wear sunglasses. (The science isn’t settled.) The apparently female-identifying character in the depiction is seated on the bench, perhaps in supplication or having just finished darning socks for the mighty sunglass-tiger defeating male-identifying character. This, you may or may not be aware, depending on your relative level of enlightenment, is bad and cruel. So tough feminists cry about it on the internet.
Here is an excerpt from the Washington Examiner article that brought the story to light:
It all started when Ash Hernandez saw the statue on her way to take a teacher’s certification test. She was so outraged that she ran back to her car to get her phone to snap a picture.
“The sculpture just screamed mansplaining,” Hernandez told Women in the World, a New York Times affiliate.
Hernandez sent the picture to her friend Cathy de la Cruz, who tweeted it out. The tweet went viral, prompting other Twitter users to post photos of statues they found sexist.
At last count, that original tweet had over 920 retweets. Although, to be fair, there’s no accounting for how many people retweeted it to mock her rather than join her outrage. Here are several responses to really get your outrage going.
— xoxo HRC & RBG (@absinthe) May 23, 2015
— Jeffrey Jon Smith (@jeffreyjonsmith) May 23, 2015
— BetsyD (@betsdavenport) May 23, 2015
There are many more in this glowingly approving article from the San Antonio Current. And why shouldn’t they approve? Censorship and thought policing are a top priority of the modern, so-called feminist mainstream in America. First it’s book burning, then sculpture remodeling… What’s next? Calling all men rapists and trying to get boys to be raised as girls?
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