‘I am going to help you win this election. Don’t smile like that. It is too forced. Ask yourself, do I want to be a President or a cheerleader?’ - Late Night talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel had asked this to then US-Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton, in a satirical 'bit' that was aimed at mansplaining mansplaining - at a time when there was plenty of mansplaining going on in the 2016 US elections as Clinton strove to become the first woman President of her country - after 44 men.
Unfortunately, Kimmel's intervention didn't work. Hillary didn't become President, and mansplaining appears to still be rampant in the US.
Mansplaining - an all-too-common phenomenon wherein a man explains something to a woman in a condescending manner - occurred on Thursday too, when Republican Congressman Bradley Byrne of Alabama tried to explain a piece of legislation on the gender pay gap to his colleague Democratic Congresswoman Susan Wild of Pennsylvania.
He had said, “Mr. Chairman, I have great respect for the lady, I don’t think [Wild] understands what that language actually means and how it’s been interpreted by the courts and how it may be totally misinterpreted against plaintiffs in these types of lawsuits.”
Susan Wild has co-sponsored the bill under debate called the Paycheck Fairness Act which is aimed at eliminating gender-based pay inequality. Congressman Byrne had suggested amending the above act by altering some words in Susan Wild’s Fair Paycheck Fairness Act, which would undermine the very purpose of the act.
Retorting to his attempts to mansplain her own act to her, Susan Wild had tweeted:
“As a practising attorney for more than 30 years, I can confidently say that I understand the language of the Act and this was not the first time someone has attempted to avoid an argument over the merits of the law using condescension and dismissal”
US citizens have slammed Byrne for this blatant attempt to dismiss Wild’s merits by tweeting: