You can spend a lifetime trying to find the perfect gif to deploy in response to sheer ignorance about women’s rights.
Today, we can thank Guardian Australia columnist Van Badham for supplying us with one.
The writer appeared on Australian morning show “Sunrise” on Saturday, where hosts were conducting a deep-dive into the ever-pressing topic, “Are men second-class citizens?”
The statement that prompted Badham’s eye roll of the century was “left feminism is essentially selfish.” Former Australian politician Mark Latham made that remark while trying to characterize Badham as only concerned about problems that affect educated, privileged women — even though she covers class inequality at The Guardian. (She also wrote a comprehensive response to Latham’s remarks, which you can read here.)
But her sublime expression is nothing if not versatile when confronting sexist idiocy.
“Why don’t you want kids?”
“Are you on your period?”
“You’d be so much prettier if you smiled more.”
Try it yourself! In the meantime, the entire segment can be viewed below: