I know this is old internet news now, but politics and racism aside (Bill Maher is absolutely a racist), watching Affleck battle Maher's patronizing smarm: the smug smirks, the interrupting, the dismissive talking over - it made me think of the several (probably too many to count) times I've been in a serious debate with a guy. Affleck, and probably most guests that Maher has disagreed with, got to experience what being a woman feels like. The exasperation, the extreme frustration in knowing that your particular social standing is the reason you're being dismissed (I'm sure Maher thinks Afflecks movie-stardom is hilarious in his insecure "must find a superior foothold" way).
I'm not equating a powerful white bro like Affleck with women's struggles, I'm just saying his frustration was palpable to me because I, and every girl I know, experience it on an almost daily basis. It's Maher's smarm that is particularly familiar. That muculent, condescending, assface smarm.