Mansplaining Explained (by a Woman)

Being Interrupted is Nothing New to Women, More Men Would Know That if They Stopped Talking Long Enough to Listen

‘Mansplaining’ is to explain something to someone, typically a man to woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing. 

Mansplaining has become the subject of many videos, memes, and even late-night TV skits, but it is anything but new to women.  Oftentimes, the person doing the mansplaining lacks the knowledge to really speak on the matter, but considers themselves to simply be more knowledgeable than us silly women.

In the video below, examples and statistics are used to bear out the idea that mansplaining is deeply embedded in our culture and not just a social meme phenomena — it is really only the buzz word is relatively new.  Men (in particular) talking over women or down to women is something that happens to women throughout their lifetime and it begins in childhood.  Both young girls and women are more likely to be interrupted and are less likely to speak than their male peers and are continuously robbed of the benefit of the doubt and this long standing issue won’t go away just because there is some new word to call it — especially if we make fun of the problem and glorify mansplaining with hashtags and humor.

Before the term, mansplaining became a buzz word, we simply called it what is was:  being a rude know-it-all.  I think that is what I will still call it.

Other points made in the video include:

  • Female doctors are more than twice as likely to be interrupted by patients than are male doctors.
  • In 2004, a study at Harvard Law reported that men were 50% more likely to comment in class and 144% more likely to comment more than twice the women.
  • In another 2010 study, women spoke less than 75% as much as men when a group was tasked with making decisions by majority vote.
  • Men write 80% of traditional print media opinion pieces and 67% of those published online.
  • The majority of Twitter users are female, but men are retweeted more than twice as often as women.