This is indeed so. I am mansplained at least once a week, on anything from what feminism is *really* about, to what feminists should focus their attention upon, to what I, as a woman, should be feeling. (No, it’s not all men, but *is* done by men.) I particuarly like the last one – a man telling me, a woman, what I should be thinking and what I should be concerned with. That always makes for pleasant conversation, as you can imagine.
I suggest you read all of this piece on Mother Jones. Here is one quote.
Men explain things to me, and other women, whether or not they know what they’re talking about. Some men. Every woman knows what I’m talking about. It’s the presumption that makes it hard, at times, for any woman in any field; that keeps women from speaking up and from being heard when they dare; that crushes young women into silence by indicating, the way harassment on the street does, that this is not their world. It trains us in self-doubt and self-limitation just as it exercises men’s unsupported overconfidence.
- The problem with “mansplaining” (salon.com)
- [link] The male feminist: a contemporary player in the fight for women’s liberation (afeimineach.wordpress.com)
- Why “Mansplaining” Is Still a Problem (womensphilanthropy.typepad.com)
- Rebecca Solnit: Men Explain Things to Me (guernicamag.com)
- Epic Mansplainer Wonders Why Women Can’t Just Shut Up About the Gender Wage Gap Already (jezebel.com)
- Best of TomDispatch: Rebecca Solnit, The Archipelago of Arrogance (tomdispatch.com)