What is Mansplaining?

What is mansplaining?

You’ll hear people on social media talking about ‘mansplaining’ and some people are wondering, what the word really means. Mansplaining is the explanation of something by a man, typically to a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing.

Here is the perfect example of mansplaining on twitter.


Even J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame has to deal with it. Here she is explaining something about the very books she wrote, and a man corrected her trying to tell her hat one of her own characters did and why.

Most men are quick to discredit the problem, calling the term sexist.


But as most women know, the real problem is that it’s been going on for years and only now someone put a name to it.

Here’s another great example of a man “mansplaining” the climate to a woman with a PhD in Astrophysics.



You can avoid being a mansplainer by asking yourself these questions:

  • Did she indicate any desire to hear this information?
  • Is it possible that she knows more about this topic than I do?
  • Did I read the room before starting to speak?


What is mansplaining?

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