Jessica Chastain to mansplainer on Twitter: "Let women speak for themselves."

Source: Getty Images
Source: Getty Images

Actress Jessica Chastain stepped onto the Twitter stage Saturday to talk about women's reproductive health, specifically the toll President Donald Trump's health care coverage would do to expecting mothers. Right on cue, some men swooped in to explain some things to her. 

Here is Chastain's conversation-sparking tweet:

Chastain's suggestion that men who balk at contributing to maternal health care costs take a moment to consider their moms apparently rankled Twitter user @theStevenB, who responded about gendering Republican voters. Note: Chastain didn't do that. She tweeted a Huffington Post article critiquing the Republican health care plan, which is drawing criticism from both parties.  

Chastain fired back.

So Steven dug in his heels, prompting Chastain's advice that he "let women speak for themselves."

That called one Nick into the fray:

Chastain reminded Nick that at no point in the conversation, which is composed entirely of receipts, had she claimed to "represent all women."

"Guess I hit a nerve, right dude?" she wrote. 

Nick and Steven continued with their tangents. 

Meanwhile, a Twitter user named Mark Todd dropped by to explain to Chastain what feminism is. 

"So patronising and condescending," he tweeted at her. "2 things associated with modern feminism. Undermines all the work 'real' femminists do."

Her response was pretty good:

But another man of Twitter didn't think so, reminding Chastain there are ways of making one's point without resorting to snark.

Is there a whistle only men can hear, and does it sound whenever a woman makes a comment on the internet?

How likely are you to make Mic your go-to news source?

Claire Lampen

Claire is a staff writer at Mic who covers women's issues and reproductive rights. She is based in New York and can be reached at claire@mic.com.

MORE FROM

Third Vanderbilt football player, Brandon Banks, convicted in rape case

A jury found Brandon Banks guilty on one count of aggravated rape and one count of sexual battery, sending him to a probable 15 years in prison.

What does consent look like on a show like 'Bachelor in Paradise'?

Warner Bros. has cleared the allegations involving Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson, leaving many questions about consent on the show in its wake.

Bill Cosby juror didn't believe Andrea Constand because Constand wore "bare midriff" to Cosby's home

This juror's response to Constand's testimony is victim blaming 101.

In North Carolina, women can't withdraw consent after giving it

The state's consent law says that once someone gives consent, they can't revoke it.

Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman was catcalled on stage and it didn't go well

Hall of fame hockey player Marcel Dionne yelled "Look at those legs!" while onstage with Raisman at the 2017 NHL Awards.

How the Senate's draft health care plan could affect reproductive services

It is very close to the House's version of the bill, and would block federal funding for Planned Parenthood for a year.

Third Vanderbilt football player, Brandon Banks, convicted in rape case

A jury found Brandon Banks guilty on one count of aggravated rape and one count of sexual battery, sending him to a probable 15 years in prison.

What does consent look like on a show like 'Bachelor in Paradise'?

Warner Bros. has cleared the allegations involving Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson, leaving many questions about consent on the show in its wake.

Bill Cosby juror didn't believe Andrea Constand because Constand wore "bare midriff" to Cosby's home

This juror's response to Constand's testimony is victim blaming 101.

In North Carolina, women can't withdraw consent after giving it

The state's consent law says that once someone gives consent, they can't revoke it.

Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman was catcalled on stage and it didn't go well

Hall of fame hockey player Marcel Dionne yelled "Look at those legs!" while onstage with Raisman at the 2017 NHL Awards.

How the Senate's draft health care plan could affect reproductive services

It is very close to the House's version of the bill, and would block federal funding for Planned Parenthood for a year.