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What Is Mansplaining?

Mansplaining is a portmanteau of the word man and the informal form splaining (from the verb explaining) and is, at its core, a very specific thing. It’s what occurs when a man talks condescendingly to someone (especially a woman) about something he has incomplete knowledge of, with the assumption that he knows more about it than the person he’s talking to does.
Katie Mack: Honestly climate change scares the heck out of me and it makes me so sad to see what we're losing because of it. -- Gary Jackson: Maybe you should learn some actual SCIENCE then, and stop listening to the criminals pushing the #GlobalWarming SCAM! -- Katie Mack: I dunno, man, I already went and got a PhD in astrophysics. Seems like more than that would be overkill at this point.

Man tells scientist to learn science

Alexandra Petri: skirts at Fox News today will be lowered to half-mast -- Josh Rubin: Half-staff, not half-mast. Fox News isn't a ship.

Man corrects joke re someone's death

Microaggressions and Mansplaining

In the video clip, Elena attempts to explain to her mother and grandmother what mansplaining is, only to be interrupted by Schnieder.

Man Mansplains Mansplaining

Eric Bright (Facebook): The word you are looking for is 'ultracrepidarian'. Ultracrepidarian: adjective; expressing opinions on matters outside the scope of one's own knowledge or expertise. The verb 'to mansplain' is a sexist epithet.

Why is this a problem?

[The behavior of mansplaining] reinforces gender inequality. When a man explains something to a woman in a patronizing or condescending way, he reinforces gender stereotypes about women’s presumed lesser knowledge and intellectual ability. This is especially true when the woman is in fact more knowledgeable on the subject.

Dr. McClintlock – Psychology Today

Man Tells Comic Creator about Her Own Work

Gail Simone (Twitter): In the line to see Deadpool, a film where they mention me by name, a guy started explaining who Deadpool was to me.

Mansplaining Is Bad For Men

Mansplaining is also problematic in the gender-stereotypic assumptions it makes about men. Misandry doesn’t promote equality, nor does it undermine misogyny. Yes, mansplaining is sexist and boorish, but the term isn’t fair to the many men who support gender equality (and don’t mansplain). Moreover, men don’t have a monopoly on arrogance or condescension—women are quite capable of both.

Dr. McClintlock – Psychology Today

Man Tells Developer What Software Is Called

Errin Clark (@postessive): very excited this finally happened to me -- @postessive: they are not different, they have just been renamed. also it's Tor, not TOR. -- Devils Libertarian (@SingingBullets): Its Tor or TOR depending on your familiarity & daily use of acronyms. I've found those of us from Gov backgrounds use all caps a lot. -- @postessive: I worked on Tor Browser for five years.

Reverse Oppression Does Not Exist

In a practical sense, “reverse” oppression – such as “reverse racism,” “female privilege,” “cisphobia,” and of course “reverse sexism” – cannot exist because the nature of oppression does not permit it’s existence.

In order for there to be oppression, it must stem from a place of power.

Man Tells Librarian Her Job

Madame S Rogue: The other day at work I spent most of my four hour shift researching and setting up a banned books week display. After I finished a guy came up to the desk and mansplained what banned books are.

Men Correctly Identify Mansplaining In The Wild

Mike Monteiro: I'm at a hotel in India. Two tables over an English guy is explaining Hinduism to an Indian waiter. Everything is fine. -- Mark Grimes: @monteiro Was at a women founders pitch two weeks ago where a guy was mansplaining mensturation to a woman. Checkmate. -- lizvlx: @markgrimes @Monteiro Was giving birth to a human being when a male doctor entered and explained to be how i cant be feeling pain right now.

Man Knows Names

A guy told me the pronunciation of my last name was wrong. My own damn name.


Mansplaining Space to Female Astronaut

Jessica Meir (@Astro_Jessica): My first venture >63,000’, the space equivalent zone, where water spontaneously boils! Luckily I’m suited! -- Casey O'Quin (@caseyOQuin): Wouldn't say it's spontaneous. The pressure in the room got below the pressure of the water at room temp. Simple thermo