Body Language Department: Hillary and the old white dudes

Not that I know what to think about the politics of Hillary Clinton (whether or not she and Bill are members of the cabal, etc.), I sure did enjoy her recent show with the old white guys. And BTW: back in the early ’90s, when Bill Clinton was president and he and Hillary came to Jackson, Wyoming for some kind of fundraiser, they were also feted at a small party attended by about 30 women invited to meet with Hilary. In the receiving line, I handed her a copy of the magazine I was publishing, Crone Chronicles: A Journal of Conscious Aging. Without missing a beat, she said, “Crone? That’s an honorific title, isn’t it?” I loved it, our exchange, and especially, her response.

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At the Senate hearings looking into the Benghazi attack, Secretary of State Clinton was given the unique opportunity to be yelled at by some vitriolic old white dudes with a loose grasp on the facts, and a firm goal of making her look bad, regardless of what really happened. They did it in a very special way, a way we like to call “mansplaining.

So our friend Zerlina Maxwell, over at Feministing, wrote up a delightful explainer on how to handle mansplainers, reprinted here with her permission.

Step 1: Raise your hands up like, “Whoa, you guys you can’t be serious.”

Step 2: Make sure to emphasize your points by counting with your hands so that simple Tea Party senator mansplainer understands. Mansplainers like visuals.

Step 3: No, seriously. Fuck this guy.

Step 4: Raise your hands up like, “What’s your point?” and clown the mansplainer for not having an actual relevant point.

Step 5: When Sen. John McCain calls you combative and proceeds to rant endlessly, nod with a sly smile.

Step 6: Take the time McCain spends ranting to reorganize the pages in your binder.

Step 7: Rearrange all of the random crap on your desk. You can never be too organized when getting grilled by angry white dudes.

Step 8: When the rant continues on and on look at the mansplainer with a *blank stare* and put your hand on your chin like, “Are you still talking?”

Step 9: Go home and do this:

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