to thibk there's a lot of mansplaining going on at the moment?

(557 Posts)
StealthPolarBear Wed 17-Feb-16 09:58:49

On mn I mean. Just something I seem to be spotting more and more.
happy to be told I'm wrong in words of one syllable

Writerwannabe83 Wed 17-Feb-16 10:01:08

What is mansplaining?

Oysterbabe Wed 17-Feb-16 10:01:59

I don't know what that is either.

OhShutUpThomas Wed 17-Feb-16 10:02:01

YANBU. There are more and more men posting here. I'm not sure why but I'm also expecting to be told in words of one syllable why my opinions and attitude are wrong.

OhShutUpThomas Wed 17-Feb-16 10:02:58

It's when men explain things to women that the woman in question already knows.

Sonnet Wed 17-Feb-16 10:03:12

Mansplaining?????

shovetheholly Wed 17-Feb-16 10:03:49

Rebecca Solnitt on Mansplaining (scroll down for the original article):

www.guernicamag.com/daily/rebecca-solnit-men-explain-things-to-me/

DontCareHowIWantItNow Wed 17-Feb-16 10:04:15

Examples of where you think this is happening more?

CottonFrock Wed 17-Feb-16 10:07:09

Give some examples of threads?

It's rife in the world at large, unfortunately. I frequently have to nip it in the bud at meetings, not just at work - academia - but also in a village action group I'm involved in, where everyone other than me is a pot-retirement white man.

Writerwannabe83 Wed 17-Feb-16 10:07:57

Does it really take that whole article to explain mansplaining? I couldn't be arsed to read it so still don't really know what it is grin

Where is it happening on MN?

StealthPolarBear Wed 17-Feb-16 10:11:32

Well I meant to post this thread a couple of weeks ago but can't remember specific examples. Was reminded to do it by the thread about working from home.
I love the thought of "pot-retirement" grin

AliceThrewTheFookingGlass Wed 17-Feb-16 10:12:23

It's when men explain things to women that the woman in question already knows.

why the fuck does that need a name? And a gender specific one at that,
Are women not guilty of this too?

araiba Wed 17-Feb-16 10:14:31

so is womansplaining when a woman explains things to someone who already knows?

StealthPolarBear Wed 17-Feb-16 10:17:29

I don't tend to find women do it. I also don't tend to notice men doing it in real life.

Writerwannabe83 Wed 17-Feb-16 10:19:54

I tried to read that article but found it really annoying. The woman writing it is going on about male arrogance which is quite ironic seeing as her entire article reeks of her seemingly deep love for herself and her feelings of superiority. She writes like an arrogant twat to be honest grin

CooPie10 Wed 17-Feb-16 10:20:29

I don't tend to find women do it.

Reallyhmm

rosebiggs Wed 17-Feb-16 10:21:12

Yes women do this too. It's a particular type of person that does this IME. People who have a very high opinion of their own importance.

StealthPolarBear Wed 17-Feb-16 10:21:47

Yes really. Talking about my perceptions rather than making any sweeping statements. Why the hmm?

goodnightdarthvader1 Wed 17-Feb-16 10:21:49

Are women not guilty of this too?

But men do it because they think women as a collective group are too stupid to understand otherwise, or have got it wrong, or are just mixed up in their fluffy little heads. It's prejudice against an entire gender. When women do it, they do it just because they think the other woman (individual) is stupid.

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smile

goodnightdarthvader1 Wed 17-Feb-16 10:22:30

I also don't tend to notice men doing it in real life.

Have you ever worked in academia? grin

Arfarfanarf Wed 17-Feb-16 10:22:50

Tbh there is quite a bit of this is MY opinion and only MY opinion matter MY opinion is the right one and if you have a different view you are WRONG AND STUPID and i will call you names and tell you to shut up and order the OP to disregard your post.

I find that more irritating that someone being a bit condescending.

usual Wed 17-Feb-16 10:23:10

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

CottonFrock Wed 17-Feb-16 10:23:11

I love the thought of "pot-retirement" grin

I did mean 'post'-retirement, but I wouldn't say that pot retirement was entirely inaccurate.

No, mansplaining involves an entire patriarchy still assuming that the default mode is that 'man explains, woman nods and receives wisdom', not simply an individual act of explaining.

To give a particularly egregious example from my student days - a male medical student giving a lengthy, gently patronising lecture on the menstrual cycle over dinner in a student flat. His audience? Eight women, all of whom possessed a menstrual cycle of their own. If they ventured to contribute, he talked over them about what his biology textbook said.

StealthPolarBear Wed 17-Feb-16 10:24:28

No goodnight smile

CottonFrock Wed 17-Feb-16 10:25:14

*I also don't tend to notice men doing it in real life.

Have you ever worked in academia?* grin

This. grin

Mind you, my MA supervisor (now just retired), a well-known feminist critic, once told me that when she was a junior lecturer, 'the girls' were told to provide the sandwiches for the external examiners' meeting....

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