According to Wikipedia, it is "defined as "to explain something to someone, typically a man to woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing." Lily Rothman of The Atlantic defines it as "explaining without regard to the fact that the explainee knows more than the explainer, often done by a man to a woman," and Rebecca Solnit ascribes the phenomenon to a combination of "overconfidence and cluelessness" that some men display."
I've seen it described as being a good term to descibe some men's condescending attitude and a term some feminists use to shut up men who disagree with them.
So what's your opinion?
(Other sources if you want: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=mansplaining and http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Mansplaining)
- In my experience, the word is generally used correctly.Vote A
- In my experience, the word is generally used unfairly to quieten down men who disagree with women.Vote B
- In my experience, it's about 50/50. The word is normally used right as often as it is used wrong.Vote C
- OtherVote D
- I don't have any real experiences with this word/See resultsVote E
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I think it might be something that comes a little more naturally to men. It's where you explain something so confidently that you give the impression that you actually know what the fuck you're talking about lol. People aren't always aware they are doing it.
Feminists do it more than anyone, but accuse others of it or just men in general as 'more evidence of the patriarchy' as well as shutting down opposition.1