Seems some of the wannabe frat boys are thumping their chests and pontificating around the beer bong about how using the term 'mansplain' " is "sexist", mean, "bitchy", etc. (...and yeah, I know... just more habitual, nut scratching bonobo behavior, but still...)
The thing is, I doubt any of them REALLY get what "mansplaining" even means. That is why I'm going to try to explain, by supplying this remedial version for them. (...and yeah, I know... wasted effort, but still...).
Let's start out with a definition.... sit down and be quiet, Terrance! We already know you think the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is "akin" to the Devil's Bible. No need to repeat yourself OR EVER say "Sorry, Amy again" (hopefully for as long as you live!)
(of a man) explain (something) to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing.
This can be additionally defined as:
As Lily Rothman of The Atlantic defines it: "explaining without regard to the fact that the explainee knows more than the explainer, often done by a man to a woman"
As Rebecca Solnit ascribes the phenomenon as: "a combination of overconfidence and cluelessness"
Okay got that so far??? (...and yeah, I know... not a one of them got it, but still...)
So here is a perfect example of "'mansplaining"...
Good 'ol Koshersalaami, mansplainer extraordinaire, wrote a post attempting to "mansplain" (in his usual, passive-aggressive, roundabout, deniable way) a comment I made on another one of his posts (in which he did some mighty fine 'mansplaining in his own right).
In the comments of KB's (short for KosherBaloney) post I made the following comment:
"P.S. Glad you gave AKA a big 'ol pass on what is akin to anti-Semitic remarks, btw. Guess it okay as long as there is some deniability with his passive-aggressive chickenshitiness, huh?"
(a separate remedial class will be help on the phase "akin to" later on in this series, if required)
Which was in reference to this comment:
Comment by alsoknownas on July 26, 2017 at 8:01pm
I would get a row boat and quietly get away from Insania and whoever the hell it might be that is saying such antagonistic, unsubstantiated, relentless, loud kid in the social studies group shit to you.
(Note: standard AKA popping in to take chickenshittiness to a whole new level of passive-aggression)
But WAIT! There's more!!!!
From there on out the wannabe frat boys proceeded to mansplain what I meant by that by referring to an entirely different comment taking the requisite Clintonista cheap shot at Jill Stein (see apparently not understanding what the fuck "akin to" means above).
This "mansplanation" was expounded upon in almost a dozen follow up comments by KB and AKA, with the noted assistance of a couple of others (who aren't worth the effort to even mention)
The WFBs even carried it over onto a totally unrelated post by Doc Vega!
Comment by alsoknownas yesterday
Hey Amy !
It's been nearly a week since you called me anti-Semitic for joking about Stein's lack of experience before running for POTUS.
How's the remedial reading course coming along?
To which I replied:
Comment by Safe Bet's Amy yesterday
Hey, AKA !
It's been nearly a week since you and your buddy were too fucking dense to understand what I was saying (no major surprise there) and decided to totally fuck it up by trying to mansplain it.
How's the remedial mansplaining course coming along?
(Included to verify that, because I care ::roll eyes::, I am even providing the remedial mansplaing course for them)
Followed by these stellar "clueless" comments:
Comment by koshersalaami yesterday
You mean about saying criticizing Jill Stein's experience was antisemitic? Explain that one to us
Comment by alsoknownas yesterday
You can't answer k/s because it was just another of your endless attacks without substance.
The faux-progressive voice you use while ranting about mansplainin', a sexist term that is laughable is merely another.
Comment by Jonathan Wolfman yesterday
wait...ANY time a woman is told she's missed a point by a man the fella is "mansplaining"? Content and context have naught to do w whether or not "mansplaining" is deployed legitimately or as a simply clumsy, thoughtless cudgel? (I guess so.) ROFL
Comment by koshersalaami 21 hours ago
Of course mansplainin' is sexist. Speaking personally, the contention that I restrict my endlessly pedantic explanations to female audiences is slanderous.
If you don't believe me, ask Terry.
Comment by koshersalaami 19 hours ago
What do we call it when a woman tells a man he missed the point?
Let me guess: accuracy.
Comment by Safe Bet's Amy 19 hours ago
Oh, lookie! All of the wannabe frat boys beating their chests and strutting for each other. How cute.
Comment by koshersalaami 16 hours ago
The guy who introduced "patronizing" into the English lexicon clearly made a mistake by giving the term a gendered root.
See what I mean yet???? (...and yeah, I know... denial ain't just a river in Africa, but still...)
SOOOOOOO, kiddies... the bottom line is to:
a.) Stop assuming you freaking know what some one means or what some one knows.... and maybe... just maybe ask them.
b.) If you do ask them, do it in a manner that isn't so fucking paternalistic, condescending and patronizing.
c.) Stop mansplaining and man-tro-sizing. (...and yeah, I know... I just made that word up because I couldn't think of the right one, but still...)
d.) In other words... simply stop being a bunch of assholes!
P.S. Do I think the term "mansplaining" is sexist? Yeah, probably. Give me an alternate word that has the same power then.
BTW, for all of you covert sexist people offended by the overt use of mansplaining that think I should not use it (but your covert patronization and condescension is just fine)... If you see a black person surrounded by whites calling him/her a "nigger" time after time after time... do you give him/her shit for calling them "fucking whitey"??? (and, of course, give all the white people a pass???)
Thought so... I figured you did!