The term “mansplaining” is a relatively new one. After first being innovated by the author Rebecca Solnit in 2008, it allowed women to describe a common experience they share for which they never had the terminology. “Mansplaining” went beyond the generics like “patronizing” and “presumptuous” and shed light on a profoundly negative side that men explaining things to women has.

Unfortunately, unsolicited explanations from men who are neither your teacher nor your manager are all too common. But to see the level of absurdity and obviousness of the things women have mansplained to them, we have to look at the actual instances that happened to them in real life.

So when Twitter user Nicole Froio, who’s a PhD on sexual violence and masculinity, asked women to share “the most obvious thing a man has ever mansplained to you,” the answers started pouring in one after another. Both ludicrous and plain irritating, they speak thousands of words about power imbalance and gender bias, which shouldn’t be the case when we live in 2021.

Read more irritating mansplaining cases as shared by women in our previous article right here.

Image credits: NicoleFroio

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Aroace tiger
Community Member
5 months ago

Why is he your husband? Was this an honest mistake orr?

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LuckyL
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5 months ago

I mean... You push the same way - everything else is completely different (yes, I've done both)

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H Edwards
Community Member
5 months ago

I witnessed an American man trying to explain a Spanish girl's name to her. He was insisting that one of her names was a 'middle' name, and she was patiently saying that names work differently in Spain. She finally snapped and said 'I know what my own name is'. He was also manspreading in the worst possible way. It was quite hilarious to watch.

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Bored Panda reached out to the author of the thread, Nicole Froio, who is a feminist writer and researcher. Nicole explained that “mansplaining is one of many daily aggressions women go through in a sexist and misogynistic society, so it has to be understood as a part of a larger system of oppression rather than an isolated incident.”

It comes from the assumption that “women and other non-men don't have the intelligence to understand the topic at hand, which is a sexist and misogynistic assumption. The mansplainer will explain something that the woman probably already knows already, usually in a condescending and infantilizing way.”

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Sum Guy
Community Member
5 months ago

I never understood why men feel the need to say balls hurt more. That might be true, but it's a pain that lasts 30 seconds at it's most intense then subsides... childbirth is constant for a longtime

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Sue Hazlewood
Community Member
5 months ago

Bazinga!

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Ian Milne
Community Member
5 months ago

If the hobby was kicking him in the nuts, he might be right.

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According to Nicole, it depends where the act of mansplaining happens. For example, when it’s in a professional setting, “this can result in the woman in a professional setting feeling disrespected and/or inept for doing their job, they could feel like they've been publicly humiliated in front of their colleagues and feel a general loss of respect for her expertise."

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Raine Soo
Community Member
5 months ago

Motorcycles are only for men. Didn't you know? ;)

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Paul K. Johnson
Community Member
5 months ago

I don't know the situation there and it sounds like he was a moron. I've written a lot of code and at least a couple of times someone told me what it was really doing which wasn't what I thought it was doing. So they were right. I wrote in a bug and they caught it.

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Ljdia
Community Member
5 months ago

My ex. "I am right and if I'm not, well, let's pretend it didn't happen, let's not ever talk about it."

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For the men who’re wondering about not coming across as mansplainers, Nicole says that simply asking can go a long way. “Instead of assuming a person doesn't know about a certain topic, why not ask 'Do you know how this works?' or 'I'm not sure if you're familiar with this, but if you do, feel free to stop me.'” These simple questions can correct the behavior that might accidentally harm someone.

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Ekate
Community Member
5 months ago

Wouldn't that be great, though? Like an inner emergency guillotine.

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Flare
Community Member
5 months ago

Niall, a birthmark is when part of the skin pigments differently than the rest.

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Aroace tiger
Community Member
5 months ago

Wow...

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Even though Nicole said that mansplaining is not one of the worst things experienced by women in a patriarchal system, she sees it wrong because “it rectifies the gender structure on an interpersonal level.”

“For example, you might be a woman in a male-dominated industry where your expertise is already undervalued because that field is male-dominated, and then one of your colleagues mansplains a simple concept everyone in the office is familiar with.”

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Periwinkle
Community Member
5 months ago

Outstanding move.. Not.

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Stille20
Community Member
5 months ago

Oh noooooo... it's one thing when it is a random a**hole... but that's her a**hole

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Ozacoter
Community Member
5 months ago

Awesome job. I loved when I worked in one for a while.

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Such cases can do long-term harm to women. “This can lead to things like imposter syndrome and an unwelcome work environment for women, where people's suspicions about the woman's supposed lack of expertise are rectified by the mansplaining."

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Doggo
Community Member
5 months ago

so annoying 😑

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Raine Soo
Community Member
5 months ago

Dude, tell that to my migraine.

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troufaki13
Community Member
5 months ago

That's not mansplaining, that's just plain ignorant

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When asked how one should react to being mansplained to, Nicole said that personally she finds being assertive quite important when responding to mansplaining. “I usually respond by saying things like 'Thanks for explaining, but I already knew that' or even interrupting the mansplainer and saying 'Sorry to interrupt, but I already know that, so we can move onto the next topic instead of wasting time?’”

Your response can just be a gentle nudge to the fact that you are knowledgeable and that you don't need an explanation, Nicole concluded.

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
5 months ago

All. The. Time.

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#20

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Tabitha L
Community Member
5 months ago

I like science. That is all.

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#21

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Sophia Li
Community Member
5 months ago

at least he didn't say it's just like pooping

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#22

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Raine Soo
Community Member
5 months ago

I have noticed that people just don't listen. Whatever you have to say is inconsequential. It can be infuriating, but sometimes, I think "nevermind" and I walk away.

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#23

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Raine Soo
Community Member
5 months ago

Did your date think that you were some sort of alien?

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StIJN
Community Member
5 months ago

seems like he might have an interesting view on the subject as he's seen the negative side of the education system.

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Annika Jorgensen
Community Member
5 months ago

Maby it's more a case of he learned and read up about it and wanted to share it? My partner did the same for our son, not that he was be the breastfeeder xD. But i was happy that he took his time to read up and understand allot of things about having kids. And even if me and his mom already knew things. It's not hard to just listen, and be happy that at least they try instead of not caring about it.

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Tabitha L
Community Member
5 months ago

Ha. This is sad. But also oddly funny.

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Tabitha L
Community Member
5 months ago

I'm guessing piloting is a male dominated field? I never thought about it. Anyone know the breakdown? Is it because of military service? Are the numbers starting to even out? Have I asked too many questions?

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K.
Community Member
5 months ago

...and when you tell them your credentials/expertise/ or education they say you’re arrogant.

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Giulia
Community Member
5 months ago

this isn't mansplaining, it's just sexism

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qwerty
Community Member
5 months ago

Covering up a comment, have a good day.

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Carrie Laughs
Community Member
5 months ago

I said something about that very issue to my sister who had no idea of the direction one should wipe.

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Donkey boi
Community Member
5 months ago

I didn't even know there were such things as trucks with 36 gears! Does it work like bicycle gears?

M O'Connell
Community Member
5 months ago

I am not a truck driver, but I have been shown how to shift an 18-speed, which is less complicated than it seems. It shifts like a 5-speed, then you select high-range, shift 2-5 again as 6-9, then engage overdrive and repeat for 10-18. I imagine a 36-speed would be an 18-speed configuration with a separate lever for a 2-speed rear axle.

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
5 months ago

I can’t even do 5 gears let alone 36.

M McKenzie
Community Member
5 months ago

Hahahahaha yep! I don't know how many times I've messaged people about vehicles they have for sale and the first thing I get back is "are you sure you're interested ma'am, it's a manual transmission"... As my profile pic at the time showed me, clearly female, driving a semi, with the shifter clearly visible. "Thanks bro, I think I'll manage..."

Neill Powell
Community Member
5 months ago

Because more gears makes you better? Maybe you weren't doing it that well, and the truck too...

backatya
Community Member
5 months ago

oooo wow we're so scared

Lsai Aeon
Community Member
5 months ago

I wish I had learned to drive a manual when I was learning to drive. Now, unless the clutch is mounted to the steering wheel and has hand paddles, I will never learn.

Chu Yue Ling
Community Member
5 months ago

I did not know about the 36 gears part! If only there had been a man around to 'splain it!!

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SoozeeQ
Community Member
5 months ago

Wow! 200 miles. That's a lot of paddling. Kudos.

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Daria Z
Community Member
5 months ago

Wow 😲🤦‍♀️

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
5 months ago

In fairness I have met a lot of people who didn't know the political history of their home country. And no they were not just Americans. Some of my Russian students have said some really funny stuff too, like when one tried to tell me the statue on the main square was Stalin. Its a bearded bald guy who is pretty obviously Lenin. And my colleagues used to have students tell them in English about the history of their home town ( Kirov) and none of the students seemed to know who that was despite the town being named for him and us having statues of him dotted around. In fairness I study Soviet history, but they would say, "Let's ask the American" and then I of course knew who Sergei Mironovich was and students would study harder for their next dialogue.

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
5 months ago

I'd suggest he also go look up infant and maternal mortality rates in Africa and then report him

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Raine Soo
Community Member
5 months ago

To be honest, that can be any art admirer, regardless of gender, interpreting a drawing, painting, or photograph.

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Periwinkle
Community Member
5 months ago

Do they get a kick out of wrongly declaring things for women? Alternate drug high?

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Periwinkle
Community Member
5 months ago

Ahh yes they do know so much more than you of that topic, y'know.

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Raine Soo
Community Member
5 months ago

This is the first time I've heard of this one. I must be terribly sheltered.

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