Mansplaining is something that plagues women at every level. A man explaining “something to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronising”, as the definition reads, and having an unsolicited explanation (sometimes an incorrect one) offered up by the opposite sex is a near-daily occurrence and inconvenience. Novice, expert or master – mansplainers don’t care about your knowledge or ability. Because, by virtue of them being men, they deem themselves by default infinitely more knowledgeable on any given topic than you are.
But considering many men’s presumption that they know much more about any and every thing than their female counterparts, it’s ironic that mansplaining is a concept many fail to grasp. Thankfully, Kim Goodwin, author of the bestselling book Designing For The Digital Age, has provided a much-needed explanation of what mansplaining is, via a handy flowchart.
“I have had more than one male colleague sincerely ask whether a certain behavior is mansplaining,” she tweeted yesterday. “Since apparently this is hard to figure out, I made one of them a chart.”
The chart concludes that, unless the woman in question has explicitly asked for an explanation on something, then there are only really three viable outcomes: you’re probably mansplaining, you’re definitely mansplaining or you should just stop talking altogether.
Of course, it wasn’t long before Goodwin was inundated with men mansplaining her own flowchart to her, showing in record time just why she needed to make it. Still, at least we know what to point them to now.