this week in mansplanation

(For those of you just tuning in, the story so far.)

Since Skud’s excellent OSCON keynote, there’s been a fair bit of discussion on the lists and boards and Intarwebs and stuff. Geekgrrls and fellow travelers have done sterling work here, but I want to call out some extra-spesh contributions from the dudes who turn up to Mansplain.

Women, you see, don’t really understand feminism until we have it explained to us by some dude.

First of all, let’s get some historical, biological, political and social context here.

Yes, let’s!

There are a great many debates in feminist circles about this very topic.

…you mean, like this one RIGHT HERE? Who’da thunk.

I would be remiss if I failed to add my all-time great mansplanations:

  1. Glenn Richardson of SUDS, in the Holmes Building circa 1990, who when I said something about wanting to study “mankind” corrected me: “You mean humanity.” Oh, that’s right! I’m not part of mankind, am I?
  2. Perfectly nice fellow with whom I shared a taxi to JFK on December 7, 2006. I said I doubted Hillary would get elected because the country wasn’t ready for a woman, and he said “I didn’t even take that into account! I guess I’m a better feminist than you are.”

Thanks, mansplainers! We could do it without you!

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