Normally, Senate hearings tend to be more boring than Al Gore’s audiobook reading of “War and Peace.” Or Al Gore in general. But recently sparks flew during a Senate hearing with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Senator Kamala Harris. Senator Harris asked Sessions a question and in the process of him trying to answer it, she interrupted him. Repeatedly. Ferrets on crack have more self control and restraint. Then, when the head of the committee interrupted Harris and advised her to let the Attorney General answer her questions, you would have thought it was the end of the world. A white man dared, dared, to interrupt her as she was interrupting a white man!
As you might have expected, the Left has a term for what happened to Senator Harris: manterrupting. And as you might have expected, I have a definition of the term.
What the Left thinks it means – a man interrupting a woman as a means to showcase his dominance over her
What it really means – a man interrupting a woman so he can get a word in edgewise
Okay, ladies, I’m only half-kidding with that last one, so you can cancel the protest march, or maybe just half a march. But there is a salient point to be made: interrupting someone is rude, but it’s only considered rude half of the time to the Left. When a man does it, it’s a detestable act worthy of only the harshest punishment (like being made to listen to anything by Yoko Ono). When a woman does it, it’s a sign of her reclaiming power and striking a blow against the Patriarchy.
In other words, being rude is okay if you’re a woman, but only if you’re a Leftist woman. If Sarah Palin tried to do something like that, she would be called out for being rude and/or a whiner. Since it’s Kamala Harris, she’s free to be as rude as she wants without fear of condemnation from within her ranks. (It doesn’t help that she’s President Obama’s favorite state Attorney General, either!)
Wait. Isn’t preferential treatment based on one’s gender sexist? Why, yes! Yes it is! However, as with much of what the Left believes, it’s self-contradictory. Women are seen as an oppressed minority when they outnumber men. By definition, women are the majority, not the minority, but there’s this perceived oppression they experience because of men. Thus, the Left feels justified in being sexist, all while criticizing sexism when it’s done by other people.
Which brings us right back to manterrupting. The concept in and of itself is sexist, but it’s the name that adds a little lemon juice to the open wound. Seriously, the Left’s lexicon includes a lot of anti-male ideas, such as toxic masculinity, manspreading, and mansplaining, but those are blogs for another time. The fact the Left sees masculinity as a negative trait is telling. After all, there isn’t anything like womansplaining or womanterrupting yet, and I doubt there will be. Why?
Because men are easy targets. Men are held to a completely different standard than women, which is all well and good since we’re different genders. But that standard shouldn’t be hypocritical. Amy Schumer can make all the jokes she wants about how morally loose she is, but if a man makes a joke about Schumer being morally loose, he’s the sexist pig?
One of the great double standards of the Left’s treatment of women is they claim to want equality between (or among, depending on who you ask) the sexes, but only to a certain point. When it’s advantageous for the woman to be dominant or be seen as a victim, equality of the sexes goes right out the nearest window. In doing so, the Left creates an idea where women are strong enough to take on the world, yet can be weakened by a single comment from a man.
Or in Senator Harris’ case, a comment from a man holding her to the same standards as her male colleagues.
Let’s be perfectly clear here. Interrupting anyone isn’t good form, whether you’re a Senator or some guy on the street. The gender of the person doing the interrupting doesn’t matter, nor should it. To that end, I propose we stop calling it manterrupting when a man interrupts a woman and call it what it is.
Being an asshole.
That way it applies to men and women.