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This Twitter thread challenges male privilege in the best way

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After writer Matt Walsh took to Twitter to challenge a “lack of male spaces” in society, fellow writer Katie Anthony challenged him with a brilliant 14-part thread in response. 

Twitter is certainly a hotbed of activity when it comes to opinions being shared, thoughts being challenged and a brilliant takedown or two being witnessed.

Which is why when writer Matt Walsh decided to challenge the “lack of male spaces” in the world his sexist tweets weren’t going to go unnoticed.

“The lack of male spaces in our culture begins in the home,” he wrote, “where a man is often forced to set up his ‘man cave’ in the garage or the basement if he wants any space to himself in the home he owns and pays for.”

“It’s sad to think of the man who hangs out all day in the garage, and then is often banished to the couch at night if his wife is angry with him,” he added.

“He allows himself to be treated like a dog in his own home.”

To which fellow writer Katie Anthony replied with a 14-point thread, challenging Walsh’s complete lack of awareness.

“The point is that you act like having a designated recreation space is an expulsion, when the reality is that the already-taken space inside your home is filled with her LABOUR, not her ownership,” Anthony wrote. 

“If it feels unfair that you (gen. you) have to cross a driveway or take stairs to occupy your very own space where all you have to think about is what sounds like fun for YOU, well gosh.”

“It’s hard for me to create space in my heart for that. Bc I don’t have a woman cave. The house that you don’t feel like you own? I run it for our family.”

Anthony then proceeded to call out Walsh’s “feelings of inadequacy” and “displacement” in the home, and suggested he start taking up some domestic chores.

“If the ‘lack of male spaces’ that you’re referring to is a reflection of your grief that you have to share what you felt should be ‘male spaces’ with non-male people,” she continued, “then you are aggrieved because women and non-binary people are living full lives.

“Why does the presence of non-male people inhibit your ability to do you? Just sit with it.”

Then Anthony highlighted the obvious for Walsh when it comes to his wife’s feelings. 

“Whatever you want, chances are she wants it too,” she wrote.

“If you’re not getting it, chances are she isn’t either. No matter how deep your man cave is.”

And, of course, a chorus of Twitter users applauded Anthony for he eloquent takedown. 

“Argh I’m still thinking about this. Lack of male spaces? The ENTIRE WORLD is a male space. I’m just…can’t let this go,” one user posted. 

“A brilliantly accurate and well-written breakdown of that unfortunate tweet. Thank you for caring about women/wives and appreciating their work and their conditions too,” another person wrote. 

Bravo, Anthony.

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Susan Devaney is a digital journalist for Stylist.co.uk, writing about fashion, beauty, travel, feminism, and everything else in-between.

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