"Mansplaining illuminates a much deeper problem than the bore of patronizing monologues. As Ms. Solnit notes, it “crushes young women into silence” by telling them “that this is not their world.” She adds, “It trains us in self-doubt and self-limitation just as it exercises men’s unsupported overconfidence.” More than a decade on, why is men’s interruption of women to explain things — often things they know less about than these women — still so common?"
"Kate Manne explores the issue in a chapter of her new book, “Entitled: How Male Privilege Hurts Women.”
Inherent in patriarchy is men’s entitlement to all valuable human goods: things like love, care, adoration, sex, power — and knowledge. When it comes to knowledge, especially of a prestigious sort, the idea that men have a prior claim to it is as venerable as the patriarchy itself. Sometimes it’s connected to the idea that women are incapable of being authority figures."
"We know from the classic “John vs. Jennifer” study that both men and women hold biases that women are less competent. Is this an essential part of mansplaining?
Absolutely. Part of what’s going on is the presumption that a woman will be less knowledgeable, less competent and somehow in need of a man to explain things to her."
"There’s a strong sense in women that she should provide a pleasant audience to him, one that doesn’t interrupt him."
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