Is Condi Rice Mansplaining the #MeToo Movement by Saying Women Shouldn’t Turn Into ‘Snowflakes’?

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In words one might not expect from the woman who used to be provost at a major university, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice seemingly mansplained the #MeToo movement.

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“Let’s not turn women into snowflakes. Let’s not infantilize women,” Rice said during a CNN interview with David Axelrod on Saturday night.

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Instead of rightly placing the blame where it lies, Rice said that women might want to pipe down about all this sexual harassment stuff, just in case the boys got tired of dealing with their complaints.

Rice said that she didn’t want “to get to a place that men start to think, ‘Well, maybe it’s just better not to have women around.’ I’ve heard a little bit of that. And it, it worries me,” she said.

In fact, when asked if she ever experienced sexual harassment, Rice said that she “certainly had people say inappropriate things.”

She added: “I’ve never had anyone do anything that I would consider assault. But I don’t know a woman alive who hasn’t had somebody say or do something that was inappropriate at best and aggressive at worst.”

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When asked about her peer Oprah Winfrey running for president, she responded: “I would say to Oprah, be sure that you really want to be a politician,” Rice said.

“But I would just say, if you’re contemplating running for office, just recognize that we put people through a brutal process. And they don’t come out quite the same,” she added.

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Rice also said that she would never run herself because she prefers policy to politics.

Read more at CNN.

Ms. Bronner Helm is the Senior Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.

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Rice said she didn’t want “to get to a place that men start to think, ‘Well, maybe it’s just better not to have women around.’ I’ve heard a little bit of that. And it, it worries me,” she said.

Maybe what they ought to be thinking is, “Maybe it’s just better if I had some fucking self control.”