Some feminists have taken offense to the statue pictured above.

It all started when a New York blogger tweeted about it and it went viral:

"Mansplaining" is defined as the occurrence of a man talking to a woman in a condescending or patronizing manner. 

The statue is on the campus of the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.

The sculptor, however, says the statue was just supposed to be a man and woman conversing on a college campus and the woman on the bench is actually his daughter. 

The New York Times contacted the school, which lamented that the statue had been criticized as sexist. 

The name of the sculpture is “Classmates” and it was dedicated at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) in 2006. Carl E. Myers, a social media and communications specialist for UIW, told Women in the World that the sculpture was unveiled during the school’s heritage week in October 2006 to commemorate the university’s 125th anniversary.

“The sculpture honors the past, present and future students of UIW,” Myers said. The work of art was sculpted by Paul Tadlock, an award-winning sculptor who lives in suburban San Antonio.

As to whether the sculpture carries any sexist undertones or symbolism, Myers said school officials had been unaware of the hullaballoo on Twitter. “The statue has long-symbolized the friendship and camaraderie that develops among students as they attend UIW,” he said. “We are deeply saddened that this image of friendship has been misconstrued as a symbol of sexism on social media. Nothing could be further from the truth.”


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