Most women have had the incredible misfortune of encountering a mansplainer. We’re just going about our own business when suddenly a man who assumes he knows more than us about a certain subject decides to explain it at length in a very patronizing manner. It happens all too often and is one of the most infuriating situations to be in. At least we can take solace in the fact that these mansplainers make complete idiots out of themselves and get roasted into oblivion on Twitter.
Nicole Froio, a women’s studies Ph.D. candidate, recently asked her Twitter followers about the most obvious thing a man has every mansplained to them.
Froio also clarified the definition of ‘mansplaining’ for any naysayers who might decide to chime in.
My personal favorite definition is one provided by Urban Dictionary: “A man whom by virtue of the authority and privilege vested in him by society feels entitled to preach or explain how the world works. Bonus, if he is speaking to women, whom he perceives to be naive and ignorant, about problems and concerns with which women have real life every day experience, and the man has NO f***ing clue what he is talking about. This is usually done in a patronizing insensitive manner.”
Unsurprisingly, the women of Twitter had plenty to share.
This woman had her own heritage mansplained to her.
Scientists aren’t even safe from mansplainers.
Neither are the female academics of the world.
Nor the education professionals.
Mansplainers have gone so far as to patronize women about things like childbirth…
My eyes have never rolled so hard.
And the functions of breast milk.