Responding to Sigafoos’ persistent questioning of her during the October Board meeting, Representative McCasland said: “I feel a lot of intimidation from you.”
“Mansplaining is a blend of the word man and the informal form splaining of the verb explaining and means “to explain something to someone, characteristically by a man to woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing”. Source: Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mansplaining.
For some who attended the October 24 Yavapai Community College District Governing Board meeting, the exchanges between Chair Ray Sigafoos and Representative Deb McCasland created an atmosphere that was less than pleasant. The exchanges took place over more than an hour. Ms. McCasland eventually told Sigafoos that she “felt a lot of intimidation” from him.
The Blog believes that the treatment of McCasland by Sigafoos fits the classic definition of “mansplaining.”
At one point during the exchanges, a member of the audience, Ms. Ruth Wicks, got up and left the meeting room. When interviewed, she told the Blog that she could no longer stomach what she perceived as the unfair attack being waged by Sigafoos on Ms. McCasland.
McCasland, who is perceived by the Blog as having been a target for Sigafoos’ efforts at intimidation since she was elected, stated to the Blog she was not fazed by the fieriness of Sigafoos’ effort to demean or embarrass her.
Below is a four-minute clip (out of more than an hour of back and forth exchanges) that exemplifies what the Blog believes is a classic example of mansplaining. Review it and see if you don’t agree. You may also view the entire Governing Board meeting and all of the exchanges on Video by clicking here and going to the College Governing Board website.