Let's Talk About 'Mansplaining'


VERB / informal

(of a man) explain (something) to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending, over-simplified or patronizing. [Oxford Dictionaries]

Unfortunately, lots of women are subjected to 'mansplaining' everyday. The term was first coined by Rebecca Solnit in the popular 2008 essay "Men Explain Things to Me."

The real problem is that the man is  implying that the woman is ignorant, that she is incapable of having authoritative knowledge. Most occurrences are subtle such as interruptions and unasked for explanations that often have us wondering if we’re actually being patronised, or if we're just being a little sensitive. It is very annoying, as well as exhausting to deal with. 

Recently, Sir Mark, a career diplomat, quit after Prime Minister Theresa May accused him of Mansplaining. This clearly happens to all women, politicians included!

So how can us ladies respond to mansplaining? 

Address it head on and defend yourself

Give them a taste of their own medicine

Stand up for other ladies being subjected to mansplaining

If all else fails, ignore them