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'Jezebel' Shows Why It's Impossible to Take Feminism Seriously

Jenny Slate arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Gifted" at the Pacific Theatres at the Grove on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Feminist website Jezebel has posted an article recounting actress Jenny Slate’s story about a terrible blind date. You see, the guy showed up dressed like a knight, which is, well … weird. However, buried in their description of what happened was a sentence that reminds me why we just can’t take feminism seriously.

“He comes around the corner inside the restaurant,” recounted Slate, “this dude, and I’m not kidding, is dressed in full chain mail. He’s got a full authentic knight’s costume on, including a floor-length tabard which I called a tunic and then he corrected me and was like, ‘It’s actually a tabard.’”

Yes, folks, we live in a world where some dude who’s encased his body inside a welded pun can mansplain “tabard” to a female genius.

Now, I happen to know a little bit about how a knight of the medieval period would outfit himself, and I can verify that “tunic” is most likely not the correct term. A tabard or surcoat is what is worn outside the armor, particularly during the era of maille.

Whether Slate is a genius or not is irrelevant. I know multiple people officially classified as “genius” — and you want to know something? None of them are all-knowing. Genius-level IQ doesn’t make Slate less wrong about the term.

Which doesn’t really matter, because look at the bolded text.

The term mansplain is nothing but a made-up word that, regardless of any behavior it was originally intended to encapsulate, is now used to describe any time a man “explains” literally anything to a woman. Slate used the wrong term for something the guy wore, and he opted to inform her of the correct term. That is all we know.

That’s sufficient reason to accuse someone of mansplaining?

How about this gem:

Answering a question apparently also qualifies as mansplaining. In other words, if a woman wants to be offended, there’s literally nothing a man can do except permit them to continue on in ignorance.

In other words, if you have a penis and prefer having a penis, shut the heck up.

Feminism isn’t interested in dialogue. It’s convinced it has all the answers — including why you, in particular, dislike feminism. They think they see all, they know all, and any attempt to inform them of errors automatically gets labeled as something demeaning.

“Shut up,” she explained.

That’s all it is. An accusation of mansplaining is designed to shut down discussion and nothing more. Far too many feminists already know all they care to know, and they don’t want to be bothered by reality.