Mansplaining & Accusations of Mansplaining
informal gerund or present participle:
mansplaining (of a man) explain (something) to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing.
Yeah, that happens, and it probably happens far more often than I know. However, there’s another definition of mansplaining
A sexist slur created by women to invalidate someone’s opinion based on their gender.
And yes, that happens too. And it’s probably more common than most women know. Please understand that accusing your husband of mansplaining may hurt him and your relationship with him. It condescending, and it’s telling him he’s wrong because he’s a man or because you’re a woman. It’s the mirror image of real mansplaining, and it’s just as wrong. Accuse your hubby of this often enough and he will just stop talking to you.
Another aspect of this is the very valid and often significant differences between men and women. Some (not all, but some) so called mansplaining comes down to this reality. If he shares something that is valid for him as man and you attack it, how do you think that makes him feel? (Probably much the same why you feel when he or some other man does this to you!)
Even if he is clearly guilty of mansplaining, I suggest you avoid the word as it’s become too much of a hot button.
~ Paul – I’m XY, and I hope I’ve splained this well.
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