I found myself in the most frustrating conversation of 2020 recently after Zomato declared that they'd be granting a 10-Day period leave for their women and trans employees. I had shared a story about the same on my social media handles when a guy friend replied, "WTH..why trans employees when they don't bleed?" I sighed and replied, "They do...some trans men bleed" hoping that it would end just there. But, nope. Quite obviously he was on a mansplaining spree and this is what he replied next "biologically only X chromosome menstruate and they are females."
Of course, he had confused intersex with trans and my authority over the subject. Just for context, I am currently pursuing my Ph.D. in transphobia! Also, he effing knows it! But of course, this isn't really the first time that I have had my brush with mansplaining. Why do men keep doing it? Perhaps they are sexist to the extent of denying any semblance of ideological authority to women on any topic whatsoever or perhaps they don't realise just how annoying they sound when they are mansplaining.
And while we continue struggling to fight the former, writer Nicole Tersigni has been duly taking care of the latter on Twitter. She started a thread to tackle the problem earlier this year after stumbling upon a man attempting to explain to a woman her own damn joke! And since then every time she thinks of discontinuing it, Nicole comes across more examples of blatant mansplaining on the internet. With this thread, she has been calling out the Twitter mansplainers with the help of classical art and caustic humour.
But what exactly is Nicole doing here? Well, it's pretty simple. She has been mixing classical art with her comic writing and serving it on Twitter with just the right amount of sarcasm on top. And while the results are every bit hilarious, they are also as hard-hitting as they can get. The message is simple: back off mansplainers, get a life!
Also, the writer certainly has an eye for the absurd and picks classical artworks that would anyway appear somewhat absurd to the contemporary audience. She then plays on the very same absurd element and gives it a new meaning with her words. Here are some of the best, what can be best described as, modern-day insults posted by her on Twitter:
Well, rest assured, feel free to send one of these tweets to mansplainers next time any of them tried to bug you with their two cents.
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