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Herizons - - Arts & Culture - The Beaver­ton, National Post,

in pol­i­tics—are openly dis­cussed, the more the mansplain­ers are com­pelled to ex­plain them to us, so that we prop­erly un­der­stand their ir­rel­e­vance.

One of the more no­tice­able mo­ments oc­curred when Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau an­nounced that his cab­i­net would be made up of 50 per­cent women. This phe­nom­e­non oc­ca­sioned a bar­rage of mansplain­ing in which men pon­tif­i­cated about how “merit not gen­der ought to be the cri­te­ria” and said, “This slip­pery slope will lead to dis­crim­i­na­tion against men.”

For some rea­son, mansplain­ers are blind to irony. This was noted in a head­line in the satir­i­cal pub­li­ca­tion

which read: “50 per­cent fe­male cab­i­net ap­point­ments lead to 5000 per­cent in­crease in guys who sud­denly care about merit in cab­i­net.”

Lest any among us come to the con­clu­sion, how­ever wel­come, that manologuers are about to give up and slither away to prac­tise sit­ting prop­erly with their legs po­litely to­gether on buses, may I point out that they com­prise an ever vig­i­lant bunch, ever ready to pounce and to pon­tif­i­cate.

For ex­am­ple, when Lib­eral MP Mau­ril Bélanger’s bill to change the words of “O Canada” came to the floor of the House, there were manologuers ga­lore who were happy to ex­plain away its pro­posed change from “in all thy sons com­mand” to “in all of us com­mand.”

None, how­ever, was so elo­quent or eru­dite as An­drew Coyne, Canada’s most ubiq­ui­tous colum­nist. He could have contented him­self by tweet­ing “No, be­coz ‘sons’ is every­body.” In­stead, Coyne de­cided to run a ver­bal marathon. In 1,000 or so words in the he ex­plained up and down, front­wards and back­wards that “sons” is ac­tu­ally a generic term.

He con­cluded, “In the present case, the lit­eral, ex­clu­sive mean­ing of ‘all thy sons’ long ago gave way to the in­clu­sive. As such, its con­tin­ued us­age is not a con­tra­dic­tion of the prin­ci­ple of the equal­ity of the sexes, as now en­shrined in law across the land: It is a re­minder of its tri­umph.”

There you have it. The per­fect ex­am­ple of mansplain­ing. We are not to com­plain about that which of­fends us. We are in­stead to em­brace it.

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