In 2008 Los Angeles Times, the author Rebecca Solnit published extremely impressive essay “Men Explain Things To Me”. She wrote, every woman is aware what I’m talking about. Rebecca Solnit explained what often goes wrong in conversations between men and women. Her inspiration gave birth to “mansplained”. She wrote about men, most probably who wrongly assume they know things and wrongly assume women don’t or explaining something to a woman in a condescending, overconfident and usually in a wrong manner even without being asked.
She ends on a serious note- because the extreme problem is the woman’s silence who have something to say. Women faces these “mansplanations” every day, so they may not take it like a big problem in the moment, they have a real impression on each woman’s life.
So when Twitter user Priscilla tweeted a question “What’s the dumbest thing that’s ever been mansplained to you?” It immediately went viral with 340.2k likes. She shared her own experience- “mine is one time I was driving and my husband let me know our home was up ahead on the left”. There were many women who joined the thread to share their experiences of men lecturing them, and if it’s not lighten you then I don’t know what is.
When asked about what Solnit thinks of the term today, the writer told “I used to focus on its negatives: It does get used too broadly at times, and it can imply that anything men hold forth on is mansplaining.”
“I often talk about the importance of calling things by their true name, of the value of precise description, so I’m pleased to have inspired a word that is now in many languages, including, recently, Icelandic,” Solnit commented.
While drawing the chart, Kim realized “the ‘-splaining’ part comes down to three factors.” First, it’s all about whether “they want the explanation?” She proceeds to explain further: “If someone asks you a question, explain away! Unsolicited explanations may be fine (within reason) if you’re someone’s teacher or manager. Explaining after they’ve declined your help is almost always disrespectful.”