For those who aren’t familiar with fake holidays, today is National Poetry Day. In celebration, editor Felicity Morse tweeted out a poem about mansplaining written by Wendy Cope properly titled “Differences of Opinion.” Despite being written well before you could search Urban Dictionary for the term’s proper definition, Cope nails the feeling many women have encountered when talking to arrogant men.
“He calls her arguments unsound / And often asks her not to yell. / She cannot win. He stands his ground.”
Yup, I’ve been there before. Here’s the full poem:
Needless to say, the tweet got a ton of response. It currently has nearly 2k retweets, more than 2,300 favorites, and even more comments. But with praise also came every mansplaining troll on Twitter.
“Funny, I can apply that poem to both men and women in my life. You’re not suffering from sexism, are you?” one cyber troll tweeted. Instead of getting angry, Morse expertly toyed with the fools in her mentions. She replied by asking if he could explain more, and of course, the mansplainer was not opposed.
“Mansplaining implies that only men are capable of being arrogant. I beg to differ and take issue with such prejudice.” LOL David Marrs, you are something else. Here’s the full back-and-forth:
Luckily the entertainment didn’t stop there.
Ugh, thank you so much for that LaughingDevil1, our tiny pea brains could barely compute! Also, for the record, mansplaining does exist — it’s a behavior that has been scientifically studied. Men are proven to interrupt more than women, and they’re more likely to act like a baby when they are interrupted themselves. But thanks for mansplaining that point to us! It was greatly appreciated.
[H/T: Elite Daily]