Women are tired of mansplaining bullshit.
Just ask Rabia Chaudry, a critically acclaimed immigration attorney, who was live-tweeting( and fact-checking) President Donald Trump’s 2018 State of the Union address on Jan. 30.
During his televised address, Trump announced his plans to protect the American “nuclear family” by fixing down further on immigration. He went on to inaccurately claim that the present immigration system allows a single immigrant to bring in an “unlimited number of distant relatives.”
That’s simply not true.
As Chaudry pointed out, while documented immigrants can sponsor their parents, spouses, and children, “distant relatives” are not eligible for residency sponsorship.( Cousins, grandparents, aunts, and uncles are held “distant relatives.”)
But of course, an anonymous person on the internet had something to say about that.
Twitter user FullMetalBitch3 replied to Chaudry claiming, without proof, she was wrong since “chain migration has allowed sponsorships of in-laws, cousins, etc.”
In response, Chaudry did not mince her words. It only took five words for an epic clapback.
“I’m a fucking immigration lawyer, ” Chaudry tweeted.
In a matter of minutes, the tweet ran viral with hilarious( and very real) responses flooding in her mentions. And though FullMetalBitch3’s gender remains unclear, the troll’s behaviour has reminded many people of their own encounters with “splainers, ” and including with regard to, “mansplainers.”
this thread is an incredible microcosm of where we are as a country. An expert says something … and a Trump supporter( ostensibly) got to go “nah. you’re wrong”
No proof. No data. Nothing.
Lord help us all.
— trustfundbaby (@ trustfundbaby) January 31, 2018
In an interview with Upworthy, Chaudry said that she normally avoids engaging with internet trolls on Twitter — but she was on an important mission: to spread the truth.
“In a space like Twitter, we aren’t always dealing with real people, we are often battling armies of misinformation bots, ” Chaudry said. “And while I don’t believes in arguing with bots, there are people out there who are watching quietly , not sure about the truth. It’s important to keep putting the truth out there for them.”
There is undeniably a phenomenon of far-right trolls and some Trump supporters of refusing to accept or deem impenetrable evidence and/ or facts debunking some of the misinformation and blatant lies coming from the White House. Chaudry said part of that is the Trump administration spending a “tremendous amount” of effort to undermine all forms of institutions.
“From science to democracy to media to intel, the authorities concerned is engaged in an onslaught to confuse people, create a fog of war that destroys the confidence of citizens in anything and everything, ” she added. “And they have many handmaidens that are instrumental in this goal — Fox, Breitbart, even the stillnes of the GOP itself.”
If, by now, you’ve realise Chaudry’s name sounds familiar — it should.
Through her 14 years of experience practicing immigration law and her is committed to truth, Chaudry has become a central figure to the first season of the “Serial” podcast. Her volume, “Adnan’s Story: The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial” is listed as a New York Times best-seller, and her podcast “Undisclosed” has more than 200 million downloads.
But her expertise and impact widens far beyond immigration law.
The 43 -year-old mother is also a well-respected and prominent voice in “the member states national” security field and is the recipient of numerous prestigious awardings, such as the Truman National Security Project’s 2015 Harry S. Truman Award for Communications and Media Influence. Chaudry is also widely sought after as a public speaker and novelist on national security, civil right, religion, and gender, and she often develops law enforcement officers on understanding the Islamic faith.
Despite her remarkable expertise in the intersection of immigration, statute, and national security, Chaudry says she still deals with the occasional moments of splaining.
And she calls the perpetrators out, especially when they are men.
“I’ve learned to take up space with my body — I’m short and I wear hijab, which renders me invisible to some — and to be strongly declarative, ” the lawyer said. “I don’t hedge much anymore, and that seems to help closed the mansplainers down.”
Chaudry, who also happens to be Muslim, said that her experience is patently not unique.
“Fake news and bots aside, I think women in general — Muslim or not, achieved or not, expert or not) consistently are challenged by the ‘but actuallys’ of confident, but uninformed, men, ” Chaudry said. “I’ve learned over the years to change the language, verbal and physical, I use to help convey my expertise. Many females do couch their statements in terms that are less assertive, utilize body language that is not too confrontational.”
But what does Chaudry say that other women and male friends can do to fight against the microaggressions of splaining ?
“By doing what they did with that very basic tweet about immigration — share the voices of others, ” she added. “Just share, amplify, and echo. It validates the voices, opinions, expertise of those who have to fight to prove it otherwise.”
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