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Arrogant Mansplainer Gets Dragged On Twitter For Mansplaining Vulvas

By Kristy Puchko | Social Media | February 11, 2019 |

By Kristy Puchko | Social Media | February 11, 2019 |


Thanks to the internet, communication around the world can occur in the blink of an eye. People are more empowered than ever before to share their knowledge, thoughts, and feelings because of the accessibility of social media, for better or for worse. Sometimes that means a clueless dude feeling empowered to talk utter nonsense, then defend his blatant ignorance as advocacy or something. And sometimes that means that fool will be dragged, relentlessly and brilliantly.

Today we bring you the astonishing arrogance and ignorance of Paul Bullen.

It all began with a tweet from The Guardian.

The correct word is “vulva.” The article is about a body-positive photo series of vulvas. Maybe Paul didn’t click through before publicly correcting a respected news source. Maybe he doesn’t understand the difference between vagina and vulva. Neither thing stopped him from tweeting his factually inaccurate correction. Thankfully, the internet is here to help.

There were many, many more responses as Paul got ratioed with giggling gifs like this one.

Still, Paul would not back down. In fact, he doubled down in an extraordinary way.

Dude just mansplained mansplaining, and fittingly he did so in a way that shows he doesn’t understand its definition either! But Paul wasn’t done.

Responding to the gynecologist from above, he argued:

I’m cutting off this four-part mansplanation from Paul because you get the idea, and besides this response to his is more relevant.

Despite being deluged by responses that called Paul out on his error and stubbornness, he continued to respond to replies, always insisting he’s right and you just don’t get it. Among a long, long list, here are a few lowlights.

Now, some of you might wonder who is Paul Bullen and why should we care what he says? According to his Twitter bio, he’s an editor, writer, teacher, and researcher, presumably not in gynecology. He’s got 115 followers, and so is pretty small fish in the big pond of Twitter. But why Paul’s Twitter debacle matters is because it speaks to a wider phenomenon of toxic masculinity.

Paul has no credentials on and not even a basic understanding of female anatomy, and yet he took on hundreds of cis-women, a gynecologist, and a news organization to argue he knows better than them. Once faced with a flood of dissent, it seems he finally maybe possibly realized he might be wrong! But instead of admitting his mistake or deleting his tweet, he tried to claim the moral high road by suggesting at least HE wasn’t rude! As if mansplaining isn’t rude! As if he’s superior because he didn’t say everyone who argued with him is an idiot but just implied it with a condescending tone!

Paul is subscribing to an ideology that values male viewpoints over female ones at all costs. (That’s called misogyny, Paul!) So, to protect his ego and his worldview, he’s decided he was never the problem. The real problem is all those people who don’t understand that he’s right and an ally, really. I mean, he’s heard of The Vagina Monologues. What else do you want from him?

The header image is from Netflix’s Big Mouth.

Kristy Puchko is the film editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.

Header Image Source: Netflix