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Essays, Feminist, Gender Issues, Human Rights, Social Change, USA

Men Explain Things to Me, by Rebecca Solnit

solnit_menA must read for all.

Essay “Men Explain Things to Me”. About what often goes wrong in conversations between men and women, when men wrongly assume they know things and wrongly assume women don’t, about why this arises, and how this aspect of the gender wars works. The ultimate problem is the silencing of women who have something to say, including those saying things like, “He’s trying to kill me!”

Writer, historian, and activist REBECCA SOLNIT is the author of eighteen books about environment, landscape, community, art, politics, hope, and memory, including Men Explain Things to Me, Hope in the Dark; The Faraway Nearby; A Paradise Built in Hell; A Field Guide to Getting Lost; Wanderlust; and River of Shadows (for which she received a Guggenheim, the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism and the Lannan Literary Award); and atlases of San Francisco and New Orleans. A product of the California public education system from kindergarten to graduate school, she is a contributing editor to Harper’s.


Before there was mansplaining, there was Rebecca Solnit’s 2008 critique of male arrogance. Reprinted here with a new introduction.

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