This statue at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas is kicking up a fuss after some women decided the guy was unnecessarily ‘mansplaining’ — the term used to describe men condescendingly explaining something to a woman.
Here’s the statue along with the report from the Examiner:
The tweet went viral over Memorial Day weekend. It all started when Ash Hernandez saw the statue on her way to take a teacher’s certification test. She was so outraged that she ran back to her car to get her phone to snap a picture.
“The sculpture just screamed mansplaining,” Hernandez told Women in the World, a New York Times affiliate.
Hernandez sent the picture to her friend Cathy de la Cruz, who tweeted it out. The tweet went viral, prompting other Twitter users to post photos of statues they found sexist.
“I feel like we’ve all been guilty of [mansplaining], males and females alike,” said Hernandez, the woman who took the original photo of the statue. “But it’s just less palatable when a guy’s up to it ’cause, well, he’s still on the right side of oppression.
So if you look at that statue and see a man and a woman chilling out having a relaxed conversation then you’re obviously a sexist. I mean the male statue is clearly mansplaining all over the female statue’s face right? Bet he invited her to some off-campus house party as well later where him and his mates objectified and sexually harassed the shit out of her.
Let’s see what the actual sculptor who created the statue, Paul Tadlock, has to say:
“It was two students visiting, talking … implying nothing beyond that,” the sculptor, Paul Tadlock, told WITW. In fact, that’s Tadlock’s daughter in the sculpture. And the reason the male student has his foot up on the bench? It’s not because he’s talking down to the woman. It’s because Tadlock wanted “to add a little more character to the scene.”
Tadlock also said he wasn’t that upset over his sculpture being misinterpreted. He didn’t even know what mansplaining was until it was explained to him.
It’s ridiculous that the guy even had to explain himself, but I guess that’s what militant feminism demands nowadays.
Thankfully, the uni itself has a rational view on things too:
“The statue has long-symbolized the friendship and camaraderie that develops among students as they attend UIW,” school spokesman Carl Myers told WITW. “We are deeply saddened that this image of friendship has been misconstrued as a symbol of sexism on social media. Nothing could be further from the truth.”
Good thing we’ve still got the Women Against Feminism girls around to balance out the madness just a little bit.