If You Don't Know About Mansplaining Yet, This CNN Interview Is A Crash Course

November 4th 2014

Evan Aczon

In the spirit of bringing both sides of a debate to the table, CNN decided to have Steven Santagati, author of The Manual: A True Bad Boy Explains How Men Think, Date, and Mate, to talk about what men think about street harassment. Santagati laid out many disturbingly ignorant claims, such as "There is nothing a woman likes more than to be complimented," or that if the comments came from attractive men, "they would be bolstering your self-esteem." All the while he cites his expertise came from his experience as a guy, an insight that women would never be able to have, apparently. 

Perhaps the best comment came from the other guest, comedian Amanda Seales, who states "What's funny is that you're saying what men think, but actually your comment was about saying what women think." 



This comes in response the emergence last week of a viral video of a woman walking down the street in New York, the latest example of the pervasive problem of street harassment. Shoshana Roberts, who conducted a social experiment for a non-profit, was catcalled by men 108 times in one day -- approximately one cat call every six minutes. “I’m harassed when I smile and I’m harassed when I don’t,” Roberts said. “Not a day goes by when I don’t experience this.”

The Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams recently explored the trials and tribulations of walking down the street as a women. Her experience, as well as that of many other women, might shock you:

Yet some co-hosts on the Fox News show Out # have a different point of view.



"They mean [cat calls] in a nice way... or they want to just pay a compliment" says, one co-host, Kimberly Guilfoyle. "When I was younger it used to bother me; I thought this is so sexist. But, now if it doesn't happen, I'm like excuse me,?" says Kirsten Powers, another co-host.

I don't know if we can restrain "boys from being boys" says the male host of the show, Arthur Aidala.   

As attn: contributor Sarah Burris recently wrote:

"if we use 'boys will be boys' as an excuse for bad behavior, we are saying that we expect bad behavior out of men and boys. Women deserve to live their lives in peace without being sexually objectified by men, and the sooner we teach that lesson by holding inappropriate behavior like cat calls, hyper-sexualizing, or bullying accountable, the better. Men and boys deserve more credit than being treated as Neanderthals who can't control themselves, focus, pay attention, or learn when they are around females." 

Or perhaps attn: contributor Taryn Southern sums it up most concisely in her video about campus sexual assault, in which she says : "Make cat videos! Not cat calls! Honestly, when have you ever seen a cat call work anyway?"




What do you think?