Today in mansplaining, we have the first of the three US Presidential Debates that pits the last standing nominees against each other in front of a live audience.
What happened on the first of the debates will go down in history as one of the longest running examples of male privilege on live television.
It will also be remembered as the first time a real-life presidential candidate used a whole lot of words, without actually saying anything.
To be fair, the debate was great. It was tremendous. It was the best debate ever.
We witnessed first hand what happens when a woman tries to put across a point in her work space and how male privilege literally shouts her down. We also witnessed what happens when a seasoned politician debates against a man whose best quality arguably is his own ability to insert his own foot in his mouth after a lot of hand-flapping.
Twitter, obviously noticed.
To the men amazed Clinton hasn't snapped: Every woman you know has learned to do this. This is our life in this society. #debatenight— E. Van Every (@E_VanEvery) September 27, 2016
My friends & I were taking shots every time Trump interrupted Clinton. My BFF Chad is dead :(— Sage Boggs (@sageboggs) September 27, 2016
Trump saying "I want you to be very happy" to Clinton is similar to all his other patronizing attempts to respect women. #debatenight— Elizabeth Plank (@feministabulous) September 27, 2016
"I actually wrote a book about it," said so many women everywhere. #debatenight— Still Too Female (@schemaly) September 27, 2016
So many women watching are cringing, thinking back to the times men have interrupted, screamed over, & belittled them. #debatenight— Shelby Knox (@ShelbyKnox) September 27, 2016
This debate reminds me to always check my male privilege. Don't talk over women. Ever. #debatenight— Jesse Wente (@jessewente) September 27, 2016
He's mansplaining foreign policy to the former Secretary of State. Women of the world, I am so sorry. For literally everything. #debatenight— James LaRosa (@JamesLaRosa) September 27, 2016
Hillary Clinton was interrupted 40 times in the first 26 minutes of the presidential debate. pic.twitter.com/chM4JS1gbB— Sarah Kliff (@sarahkliff) September 27, 2016
This debate reminds me that women get interrupted in the work place almost twice as much as their male counterparts #debatenight— Amanda de Cadenet📎 (@amandadecadenet) September 27, 2016
RECAP: A qualified politician tolerated 90 minutes of being interrupted & yelled at by a man who is proud of not paying taxes. #DebateNight— Tracy M (@tracy0821) September 27, 2016
Hillary's face whenever Donald was speaking is all women having to deal with mansplaining every day all the time #debatenight— Serafina Spink (@SSpinked) September 27, 2016
I don't want a president that screams in any woman's face. In anyone's face. This is not presidential. #debatenight— Ella Dawson (@brosandprose) September 27, 2016
Hillary's best moments were:
- talking about 'Trumped up trickle down' #LOLOL
- calling out Trump for his past sexist remarks
- leading Trump to admit that he doesn't pay taxes
- refuting his claims that climate change is also manufactured in China
Trump's best moments included:
- admitting he doesn't pay taxes
- denying he'd ever said all the things he actually had
- crawling into every bait Hillary laid for him with the confidence of a mansplainer
- when called out for working only for personal profit (regarding the housing collapse), he responded with: "That's business"
- displaying his utter inability to answer questions in a way that makes any senseDebate Night was sadly relatable, y'all. Because how many of us have actually had to shut up while we were talking so that the man in the room could have his say? In this debate, like in our professional and personal lives, women have been yelled over, shouted down, talked over, mansplained their own areas of expertise.
Hillary, we're sorry you had to go through this.