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.
Ladies and gentlemen, “How to deal with a mansplainer" starring Hillary Clinton.
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: