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Male Coworkers Were Asking This Woman Whether They Were ‘Mansplaining’, So She Created A Chart
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Male Coworkers Were Asking This Woman Whether They Were ‘Mansplaining’, So She Created A Chart

Mansplaining is defined as when a man tries to explain something to a woman in an oversimplified manner, often in a patronizing tone. The problem arises from a noxious mixture of overinflated ego, based on the flawed assumption of the male chauvinist that men simply know better, and clueless ignorance of the knowledge and capabilities that modern women wield with a tinge of sexism on top of it all.

It needn’t necessarily be a gendered issue, some people are simply arrogant and get a smug sense of satisfaction from talking down to people, regardless of their sex. But it is pervasive enough to have been identified as a problem that we must tackle. So guys, how do you know when you’re mansplaining? It really shouldn’t be too difficult, just don’t assume that you are more knowledgeable about something, simply because you own a penis. Still not clear with this passive sexism example? Twitter user Kim Goodwin decided that she would lay it out in terms that even an idiot could understand, using a simple, classic flow chart.

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Her post quickly went viral, with people applauding her creative and accurate way of getting her point across. And while there were some (mostly male) detractors, the thread was enlightening as people took to the topic, and shared their own experiences of mansplaining and sexism in the workplace. Scroll down below to check it out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

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Here’s what people had to say about the amusing and informative chart

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Linouchka 99
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3 years ago

Mansplaining often happens by a man explaining back to a woman something she litterally just explained to him one minute before. So not only is it condescending, but it makes him look stupid.

John Baker
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3 years ago

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Or, you know, he could just be repeating it to make sure he got it right.

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Prestigous Cactus
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3 years ago

Why not just condemn condescending and baseless explanations? Why gender it for no reason? We could have agreed! I've experienced this from both men and women, its not sexism, its just regular asshole-ness.

Ivana
Community Member
3 years ago

Because our behavior is largely gendered. Men are 'typically' more assertive, more likely to interrupt, more likely to speak, more likely to ask questions, more likely to feel qualified, more likely to feel assured in their opinions, etc. Women are 'typically' more reserved, they are less likely to speak up, less likely to interrupt, less likely to ask questions, less confident in their abilities and qualifications, etc. Furthermore, men are far less likely to be corrected for interrupting while women who interrupt are more likely to be reprimanded. They do studies on this all the time. The reason why she focuses on gender is because gender matters a lot. Statistics tell us just how much gender matters. It isn't for no reason, the reason is because we know from study after study that women disproportionately suffer from this behavior.

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Daria Z
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3 years ago

Never heard the term before but I'm probably guilty of womansplaining some obvious things to guys, too... Seems that all of us can be equally annoying :D

Sergio Bicerra Descalzi
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3 years ago

I think you didn't get it, let me explain it in easy terms... Sorry, couldn't resist.

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Linouchka 99
Community Member
3 years ago

Mansplaining often happens by a man explaining back to a woman something she litterally just explained to him one minute before. So not only is it condescending, but it makes him look stupid.

John Baker
Community Member
3 years ago

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Or, you know, he could just be repeating it to make sure he got it right.

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Prestigous Cactus
Community Member
3 years ago

Why not just condemn condescending and baseless explanations? Why gender it for no reason? We could have agreed! I've experienced this from both men and women, its not sexism, its just regular asshole-ness.

Ivana
Community Member
3 years ago

Because our behavior is largely gendered. Men are 'typically' more assertive, more likely to interrupt, more likely to speak, more likely to ask questions, more likely to feel qualified, more likely to feel assured in their opinions, etc. Women are 'typically' more reserved, they are less likely to speak up, less likely to interrupt, less likely to ask questions, less confident in their abilities and qualifications, etc. Furthermore, men are far less likely to be corrected for interrupting while women who interrupt are more likely to be reprimanded. They do studies on this all the time. The reason why she focuses on gender is because gender matters a lot. Statistics tell us just how much gender matters. It isn't for no reason, the reason is because we know from study after study that women disproportionately suffer from this behavior.

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Daria Z
Community Member
3 years ago

Never heard the term before but I'm probably guilty of womansplaining some obvious things to guys, too... Seems that all of us can be equally annoying :D

Sergio Bicerra Descalzi
Community Member
3 years ago

I think you didn't get it, let me explain it in easy terms... Sorry, couldn't resist.

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