Mansplaining discussed by Ann Widdecombe and Ayesha Hazarika, a feminist ‘comedian’

Ann Widdecombe (69), a former Conservative MP, on fine form on BBC Radio 4 last Saturday (7:00). The piece starts with a clip from an episode of Yes Minister broadcast in 1982, three years after Margaret Thatcher became the country’s first female prime minister.

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About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • William Gruff

    Women getting to grips with the burning issues of the time. Meanwhile, back on Planet Earth, the Men from Mars keep the wheels turning.

  • I lovely little vignette of the problem. Ayesha and the Fawcettes had “been discussing” with each other how men might be patronising expecting “someone” (probably a man or men) to “do something”. While Ann suggests that women who have the nous to reach “high office” should be able to confront any problems. Such a common theme. Women workers don’t ask for wages or bonuses because they’re shy, women executives don’t have confidence to become senior, women workers want family friendly hours for more pay, women like diffused responsibility in committee/team structures not being where “the buck stops”. Do people like Ayesha listen to what they are saying? The madness is that she sets out precisely why her sort of woman doesn’t have the qualities and behaviours that are needed to rise or be taken seriously in political office or roles ! Yet the obvious, as Ann points out, to be a confident and knowledgeable person, doesn’t get considered. No ,as so often, Ann’s observations soon propel Ayesha into the trump card for feminists, its all part of Domestic Violence!
    Quite probably the reason that the party least concerned with quotas and “mansplaining” is on its second female leader and Prime Minister.