Definitions

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  • n. Explaining (something) in a condescending or self-righteous manner, especially as a man to a woman.

Etymologies

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Blend of man and explaining.

Examples

  • You may be a mansplainer if you continue to come back to a thread about mansplaining examples to whine about how men encounter frustrating scenarios with females after you've been specifically told to take it to another thread. you might be a fucking douchebag if you freak out over the idea of mansplaining without realizing the time honored tradition of dismissing women talking as being some irrelevant annoyance.

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  • Part of the problem is that there's two ways to define a phenomenon like "mansplaining" or

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  • Also, thank you for redefining "mansplaining" for everyone here.

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  • I have a husband who is, shall we say, an offshoot of "mansplaining".

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  • One can criticise Andrea Dworkin's theories without "mansplaining".

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  • "mansplaining" at you, and how is that different than when meanie bloggers make fun of trolls for being stupid?

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  • Dude Rock ", though of course, the butt hurtness in this instance has nothing to do with the comically elevated levels of it that erupted with" mansplaining "was invented, or the alarming and sad way butt hurtness erupts in feminist blog posts about rape that attract irate men demanding, demanding, that the feminist tell them how much coercion they get away with before it's officially rape.

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  • Smash-cut flashback to Armey mansplaining this to Weigel in real time.

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  • David Brooks thinks that the GOP will be more willing to give ground on their locked-in-stone philosophies over tax increases, even though Pat Toomey is sitting right there, mansplaining how he will actually cling to every hidebound idea his party has.

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  • Anyway, he says that he was being "civil" and "straight" with the teacher-lady at the town hall, and all he was doing was mansplaining that if she didn't like not getting the compensation she was entitled to after probably being told by the school district that she had to keep taking classes and receiving newer accreditation, then she could stop doing the job.

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  • Mansplaining (a blend of the word man and the informal form splaining of the verb explaining) means "(of a man) to comment on or explain something to a woman in a condescending, overconfident, and often inaccurate or oversimplified manner". 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". Author Rebecca Solnit ascribes the phenomenon to a combination of "overconfidence and cluelessness".

    In its original use, mansplaining differed from other forms of condescension in that it is rooted in the sexist assumption that a man is likely to be more knowledgeable than a woman. However, it has come to be used more broadly, often applied when a man takes a condescending tone in an explanation to anyone, regardless of the age or gender of the intended recipients: a "man 'splaining" can be delivered to any audience. In 2010 it was named by the New York Times as one of its "Words of the Year".

    A widespread phenomenon that "keeps women from speaking up and from being heard when they dare; that crushes young women into silence by indicating, the way harassment on the street does, that this is not their world. It trains us in self-doubt and self-limitation just as it exercises men's unsupported overconfidence.

    May 15, 2018