Janusz Korwin-Mikke, a Polish member of the European Parliament, gave a hilariously sexist reason for why the gender pay gap should exist. His colleague, Iratxe García Pérez from Spain, was absolutely not having that foolishness.
He started talking some shit and García Pérez calmly waited for him to stop so she could rebut his dumb commentary.
To add some context to his ridiculousness, Korwin-Mikke is a far-right politician who's comfortable with using the n-word to criticize people and who had to apologize for using a Nazi salute. Yeah, not the best dude.
The gender pay gap came up in discussion during a meeting of the European Parliament on Wednesday. I think you can probably guess where this is going, but you might be shocked by just how dumb Korwin-Mikke's reasoning is.
And of course women must earn less than men because they are weaker, they are smaller, they are less intelligent and they must earn less. That's all.
That's all! Like, bro's not even trying to be clever with his arguments! He's just going with the "women are inferior in every way because I say so" rant!
You can kind of see that reaction on García Pérez's face when he finished talking. She's like, "For real? That's all you got?"
When he started speaking, she gave an incredible stank face, but when he reached the end without making an interesting point, she was just like, "Yeah, OK, this is a nahhhhhh for me."
And then she went in on him. It only took a few simple phrases.
García Pérez said,
Look, according to your theory, I should not have the right to be here as a member of this parliament.
Then she hit him where it hurts. She said,
And I know it hurts you, I know it hurts and worries you, that today women can sit in this house and represent European citizens with the same rights as you.
This was a great point because often sexism (and this also applies to racism) arises from the fragility of masculinity. Men have been in power for a long time, and now that they're seeing women come up, they're scared they are losing their secure place on top.
To which I say, put your jumbo tampon in and get over it.
García Pérez then went in with her warning,
I am here to defend all European women from men like you.
And she turned off the mic and walked out. That's how it's done.