If you’ve never heard of or used the word “mansplaining,” then I think I’m about to change your life. Man, I love this word. I don’t like mansplaining itself, but I do love the word. So WTF is mansplaining? It’s when a man explains something to a woman in a manner that comes off as condescending and/or patronizing. Mansplaining is about generally disregarding a woman’s intelligence and presuming expert status based on arrogance and privilege. Once you know what mansplaining is, you’ll never forget it – and you’ll always be on the lookout for it.
The term was originally coined by Rebecca Solnit in her 2008 essay “Men Explain Things To Me.” The response to the term obviously hasn’t been all positive – a lot of butt-hurt people on the Internet have claimed mansplaining is misued and overused. It’s hard to tell whether this is because people don’t want to confront their problematic behavior or because it actually is misused, but either way it carries significance. I mean, Australia named it the 2015 word of the year, and it’s been added to the Oxford English Dictionary. It doesn’t get much more legit than that!
Here are 14 hilarious examples of mansplaining to really drive the point home. Laugh throw the misogyny and keep on moving:
1) Let’s get this definition all squared away before we continue.
It’s possible we know things you don’t know. *grumble*
2) Confused about when to mansplain? Here’s a helpful flow chart.
Should You Explain The Thing To The Lady? A flowchart! pic.twitter.com/bR6gEXX6Nt
— Hell Armageddon (@OaklandElle) September 14, 2015
Fun facts: the creator of this chart got mansplained to about her chart.
3) What sucks the most is being mansplained to and having to keep your cool.
Shout out to meetings, your well meaning guidence counselor, your crush, your dad, your brother, your friends, that stranger you met at 711…
4) Take this fake magazine cover, for example.
lol 158 facts and opinions you must listen to.
5) Or this one!
That “not all men” headline? Ugh.
6) My personal fave is when you get mansplained to about feminism and problems that are uniquely had by women only.
You go chill in that cocoon of self righteousness, bro.
7) You can feel the mansplaining coming for you. It looks like this.
8) Like when someone in your class at law school condescends to you about what your level of understanding of corporations.
“Do you even know how corporations work?” YOU’RE BOTH IN LAW SCHOOL. USE YOUR INFERENCING SKILLS.
9) Because banned books need to be explained. To the person setting up the banned books display
10) I used to be on OKCupid and I frequently got messages that looked a lot like this.
DUDE. WHO ASKED YOU?
11) And it doesn’t matter if you have your subject matter right in front of you…
She’s literally holding the book. Use a context clue and maybe don’t mansplain.
12) … there’s always some dude willing to insert his opinion as fact where no one asked him to speak on it.
13) You could be an actual genius neuroscientist, but if you play one on TV with male co-stars, they will be the presumed brainiacs and your IRL doctorate degree will be called in to question during an interview.
Brilliant comeback, Mayim. Drag him. Smile about it.
14) And you think it’d stop if you were – I don’t know – running for President of the United States – some man will interrupt you during the Benghazi hearings.
I don’t care how you feel about her politics, but we’ve all been Hilary Clinton. (I’m watching this vine on replay, it’s too funny.)
What do you think about mansplaining? What did we forget to include? Tell us in the comments!
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