15 Worst Examples Of Mansplaining IRL You Have To See To Believe

Familiar with the word “mansplain?” Of course you are. The term is one that tends to pop up everywhere, from reporting on the Supreme Court to Harry Styles thinkpieces to advice columns. It’s so prevalent, in fact, that in 2014, it was officially added to the online version of the Oxford English Dictionary.


Of course, it is worth noting that, at this point, “mansplaining” has become a phrase so overblown and overexposed (as put by Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “it’s so broadly applied that some say that any time a man opens his mouth he’s accused of mansplaining”) that it’s basically meaningless. Saying that someone is “mansplaining” to you, or is a “mansplainer” doesn’t really have the same argumentative heft that it might have, say, two years ago, simply because it’s been used so often in situations that don’t really apply. Still, if you are a girl, it is all but guaranteed that you have or will, at some point, encounter mansplaining in some form in the wild. And for that, a girl must be prepared! So, check out these truly terrible examples of mansplaining that you just have to see to believe:

1. Here’s a, um, classic:



2. Never:


3. Never go to parties, either:

4. Or online:






6. Gah:


7. (This is pretty common, actually):



8. NO:


9. If you feel like men don’t take you and your bodily needs seriously…


10. It’s probably because they don’t:



11. Haha?


12. This is…very common:


13. If you’ve been looking for an excuse not to do your homework, HERE IT IS:



14. Who hurt this person??


15. Haha. Goodbye!!!!

Have you ever encountered mansplaining IRL? Was is anything like this? Let us know in the comments!

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