Almost every woman has definitely encountered a mansplainer in her lifetime.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on August 10, 2021. It has since been updated.
A few years ago, Twitter user Kim Goodwin came up with an incredibly simple hack for well-intentioned men who want to avoid accidentally joining the league of their pesky mansplaining peers. Using a classic easy-to-understand flowchart, she efficiently laid out when and how they might be getting on a woman's nerves with their oversimplified and often unsolicited explanations. Talking to Bored Panda about the universal phenomenon, she revealed that the context which typically helps men understand women's perspective when it comes to mansplaining is parenting.
I have had more than one male colleague sincerely ask whether a certain behavior is mansplaining. Since apparently this is hard to figure out, I made one of them a chart. pic.twitter.com/7DZ1RTrB3R— Kim Goodwin (@kimgoodwin) July 19, 2018
"Plenty of men are expert baby-burpers and diaper wranglers, but lots of women will just assume they’re incompetent. Now imagine that happening in almost every domain of your life—and especially at work," Goodwin said. "There may be helpful intent, but the problem is the conscious or unconscious assumption that the -splainee doesn't know something. People without societal privilege are frequent targets, which is why the behavior gets labeled mansplaining (or sometimes white-splaining, since white women often do this to women of color, too)." She also acknowledged attempts to label the term as reverse sexism, by pointing out that it ignores a prominent reality about life. "Trying to police the term is attempting to deny that communication patterns are influenced by systemic sexism or other pervasive imbalances," she said.
Here are 21 times when netizens decided they'd had enough of mansplainers and ruthlessly called them out on social media:
He’s explaining to her that it’s not ALL men— Olaf Falafel (@OFalafel) March 18, 2021
one time a dude tried to mansplain IUDs to me so i threatened to yank mine out and put it in his drink— 🛸rho🛸 (@ruh_rho) March 14, 2021
I'm reluctant to go on live radio because there's *always* some white guy who calls in to mansplain for 10 minutes that what Asians go through isn't racist. Equally frustrating is how hosts permit these assholes to suck up all that airtime. https://t.co/gl3bYeueMf— cph (@cathyparkhong) March 21, 2021
just remembered that one time me and my ex were taking a shower a little while after I cut my hair short and he tried to mansplain to me how to wash it as if I didn't have hair down below my tits for most of my life ,,, like why would I not know how to wash my hair— spongebob fanatic (@pteridactyl_) February 27, 2021
When men mansplain to each other that’s called a podcast.— josh (@mcjoshalds) March 22, 2021
Had a small spill on my bike this morning on a patch of ice this morning. One man sails past "You need gravel tires" and a woman slows down "Are you OK?!" Yes, gravel tires would be ideal but can you...think of the situation at hand and stop mansplaining for 2 seconds 🙄🙄— Lucianna Dykstra (@dykstralt) March 24, 2021
actually men have a lot of internalised misogyny and they should work on that instead of proving they're the "nice guy". if you get urges to mansplain please deconstruct your internalised misogyny before you come for someone else's choices.— somya🪐//MRITYUNJAY DAY (@losingdog69) March 26, 2021
The men mensplaining to other men why they mansplain is the most meta thing I have read, today.— Northern Blight (@TanQboy) March 14, 2021
You will also like this painting depicting mansplaining. The pained expression on her face, the hand on the forehead. 👌 pic.twitter.com/tOEKPcm4ph— Deepa 🕯️ (@kdeep) March 19, 2021
just had my first ‘mansplain’ experience at the gym on a Tuesday night at 11:15pm. now I’m going to do the exercise he told me I shouldn’t do with higher weights and stare at him while I do it. FUCKWITHME— kat daddy (@kathleendevaney) March 24, 2021
Laughing so hard, auto-correct changed the word “mansplain” to “mama pain” 🤣 I keep it on for comedy.— Kari Byron (@KariByron) March 25, 2021
Where does a mansplainer get his water?— A Grapefruit's Suicide Note Left Out in the Rain (@axleblazeSA) February 25, 2021
A well actually
Lord, please give me the confidence of non-economists mansplaining the economy to people w/ 2.5 degrees in economics— Allison Reichel (@AllisonReichel) March 23, 2021
A man just mansplained blood clots to me. I just want to yell at him “I WENT TO MEDICAL SCHOOL I KNOW WHAT A FUCKING BLOOD CLOT IS YOU STUPID NOODLE”.— Courtney 🥐 (@claroque16) March 23, 2021
tonight a dude tried to mansplain to me how to play CONNECT FOUR. so naturally I beat him in four moves. not much, but it’s honest work for a literal children’s game.— «layla•mae» (@laylamaew) February 28, 2021
My patient tried to mansplain diabetes to me, like sir... you are in here because you couldn’t manage your diabetes— sydney liebsack (@sydneyliebsack) March 14, 2021
Women have been told they talk too much, they feel too much, they don’t know how to be serious, we get gaslight and get mansplain things we already know but let us joke about men being trash on here, suddenly we’re not the sensitive ones anymore— 🍄 (@fabfridaaa) February 28, 2021
Yesterday a guy mansplained women empowerment to me because he’s working for it since a couple of years, apparently my being a woman doesn’t count.— Aanchal Agrawal (@awwwnchal) March 24, 2021
So.......you're gonna show up and mansplain mansplaining?— Big Ol' Grilled Cheese (@wants_cheese) March 15, 2021