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.