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Trump claimed Clinton spoke more at the debate, but the numbers prove otherwise

Some argue it’s because ‘men think equality = oppression.’


Jessica Machado


Donald Trump was adamant during last night’s second presidential debate that he wasn’t getting as much time to respond to questions as Hillary Clinton did.

Well, the numbers are in, and—surprise!—Trump still got in more words than Clinton. 

Granted, Trump may have sucked up that extra minute with all his complaints that Clinton had longer to speak, but as women online were quick to point out, this skewed reality of men thinking they are slighted by women, when things are more or less fair, is a common phenomenon. 

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As Daily Dot staff writer Jaya Saxena pointed out recently, Geena Davis did a study on this whole “men think equality = oppression” bit. At her Gender Institute in Media, Davis found that “if there’s 17 percent women [in a group], the men in the group think it’s 50-50. And if there’s 33 percent women, the men perceive that as there being more women in the room than men.” 

In other words, men are so used to dominating—conversation, career ladders, women’s personal spaces—that when women get just a little more piece of the pie, it seems like they’ve taken over. But in reality, they’re usually still ahead. Even if it’s just by a minute of huffing, puffing, and sniffling. 

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