2008 was the earliest use of the word "mansplain"


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/03/26/2008-was-the-earliest-use-of-t.html


#2

Thanks for mansplaining where it came from


#3

2008 BC, more like it.

FIFY


#4

I get a big kick out of the idea of mansplaining. Hey, I’m as guilty as anyone, but at least I can laugh at myself.


#14

If men condescending to women wasn’t a common, widespread problem, then there would be no need to have a phrase describing the phenomenon.


#15

I’ve stopped explaining anything to anyone. Just in case.

Sorry, boss. I wish I could explain to you why my project is 6 months late and why I’m not wearing pants today but I’m worried it would be considered patronizing.


#23

At Nine Worlds convention last year, some guy spent 20 minutes mansplaining the process of sewing pockets into trousers to a seamstress.


#25

how about just don’t condescendingly to women or assume a woman knows less than you. Not that hard. If you don’t do that, you’re likely not mansplaining.


#32

This needs a report by Dr. Jack Badofsky.


#63

Explain? I just stop talking to people. This development is a great cover for my introversion. “I hate to be rude, so to avoid that, I will never, ever speak to you again.”


#70

“Thou shall not mansplain to me, Jeshua!” spake Mary.


#73

Sorry this was funny, and is ‘actually’ on topic:


#75

That may well be the quintessential mainsplaining archetype right there.


#77

To be fair, Cliff was a true Equal Opportunity Splainer; male or female, interested or not, it didn’t matter - anyone with ears who made eye contact was ‘fair game.’


#78

Did Cliff ever not start a sentence with “Actually…” :slightly_smiling_face:


#79

Do you know where we use to get water when I was a child? A well, actually.


#80

That’s what I was about to comment on. I thought mansplaining was a man telling a woman something that she obviously would know more about than he would-not just pretending to know more trivia than anyone else.


#81

On the other hand, Cliff was a grown man with a job who insisted on living with his mom and who was “challenged” when it came to interacting with women. He’d fit in quite well with the current lot of mansplainers.


#82

If he did, I don’t recall.

I’m no expert, but I think the term expanded over the years to mean any time a dude automatically talks down to a woman, because it happens so frequently in general.

When a guy does this to a woman who is a noted authority in a particular discipline or field, it’s doubly insulting.

Yeah, there is that.


#83

Yep, my understanding of it too. I also think of it as a usually unconscious form of condescension. Not sure if that lack of awareness is always part of it.