Quelques mecsplications Le "mescplication", charmante traduction de l'anglais "mansplaining" proposée par @celinelt, fait débat sur la toile. Ca a commencé par une discussion sur Twitter qui a donné lieu à un billet sur le (très bon) blog Ça fait genre. L'article a déchaîné les passions sur la toile, j'ai vu passer plein de tweets du style : "et alors les hommes n'ont pas le droit de s'exprimer sur le féminisme ?" Je ne sais pas si le monsieur incriminé dans le post a effectivement fait du mansplaining, et j'avoue que je m'en fous. Ce n'est pas le sujet. Il me parait fondamental, en revanche, est de mettre en lumière ce comportement très commun chez les machos et quelquefois adopté, faute d'en comprendre le sens, par des hommes de bonne foi. Portraits de gars qui pratiquent la mecsplication Des gars pratiquant la mecsplication, j'en ai croisé pas mal ; c'est peut-être le milieu scientifique, où tu peux prétendre que tu sais (là où il est plus constructif d'avouer qu'on ne sait pas), qui les attire. Concrètement
Bingo féministe! Dernièrement l'article Bingo féministe et “mansplaining” ainsi que des conversations ardues sur les médias sociaux au sujet du féminisme m'ont donné le goût de revoir les versions de bingo féministe et d'en adapter spécialement pour la situation au Québec, le premier est plus général et l'autre fait état du récent débat assez virulent autour de l'humour sexiste. Un bingo féministe? C'est tout simple! Vos adversaires lors de vos joutes verbales vous servent une phrase classique qui ne figure pas au tableau ? Voici d'autres bingo qu'on peut retrouver sur le web! Un bingo pour les féministes qui jouent à des jeux vidéos! Une version en anglais (qui a grandement inspiré notre version) Une version sur les commentaires que recevaient un blog Une version sur les arguments sexistes dans le milieu de la bande dessinée Une version sur ce qu'on entend sur les agressions sexuelles
What Is ‘splainin’? And Why Should I Care? ‘splainin’, a contraction of “explaining,” is a term which has been popping up a lot in the social justice sphere lately, including on this very website, and I think it’s worth exploring a bit. In the first place, not everyone might be clear on what is meant when people refer to ‘splainin’, and in the second, there’s a phenomenon around it which is critically important. In a nutshell, ‘splainin’ is an “explanation” which is put forward in the most patronizing way possible. ‘splainers feel the need to put their oar in on conversations where they may not specifically be welcome or even wanted, often with an air of entitlement. Writing at Shapely Prose about mansplainers, fillyjonk said: Here’s a thing about mansplaining and why I care a lot about it: it is annoying, and frustrating, and insulting, and deeply rooted in institutionalized sexism, and often profoundly harmful to women. There are a few key components of ‘splainin’. “My belief,” the ‘splainer says, “outweighs your experience.
mansplainer | Femina Invicta I probably don’t have much to add that hasn’t been said before about mansplaining, but I’m always amazed how many people don’t know the term. However, most people (women) I know *do* recognize the behavior. It happens to me every day at work, in a male-dominated industry. What is Mansplaining? The Urban Dictionary has several definitions of mansplaining, but I like this one from Karen Healey: Mansplaining isn’t just the act of explaining while male, of course; many men manage to explain things every day without in the least insulting their listeners. Mansplaining is when a dude tells you, a woman, how to do something you already know how to do, or how you are wrong about something you are actually right about, or miscellaneous and inaccurate “facts” about something you know a hell of a lot more about than he does. Bonus points if he is explaining how you are wrong about something being sexist! Think about the men you know. That dude is a mansplainer. Internalized Oppression The Consequences
It Looks Like We're Going to Have a Mansplainer Thread After All Mansplaining isn't just the act of explaining while male, of course; many men manage to explain things every day without in the least insulting their listeners.Mansplaining is when a dude tells you, a woman, how to do something you already know how to do, or how you are wrong about something you are actually right about, or miscellaneous and inaccurate "facts" about something you know a hell of a lot more about than he does.Bonus points if he is explaining how you are wrong about something being sexist!Think about the men you know. Do any of them display that delightful mixture of privilege and ignorance that leads to condescending, inaccurate explanations, delivered with the rock-solid conviction of rightness and that slimy certainty that of course he is right, because he is the man in this conversation?That dude is a mansplainer. Predictably, the thread is littered with arguments and hurt feelings, most of which stem from a failure to understand the original post. 3) I sympathize.
Men Who Know Things Last week, I wrote about the authority society gives to the white male voice. Many men, I have found, believe that because people Pay Attention to Them When They Say Things it means that they automatically know more about stuff than women and people of color. Sometimes, it doesn't cross their minds that women and people of color are intelligent beings who know things too. This is commonly referred to as Men-Who-Know-Things Syndrome. "... I have had these moments. I've seen this over and over again on the world wide web. I think the phenomenon can best be expressed in a mathematical equation: Unearned Authority of the Male Voice + Man's Status as Default Human Being = Unsupported Male Overconfidence.
The Art of Mansplaining Around the feminist blogosphere, the phenomenon of mansplaining has been duly noted as of late. This is also known as the Men Who Know Things phenomenon, whereby some men mistakenly believe that they automatically know more about any given topic than does a woman and will, consequently, proceed to explain to her- correctly or not- things that she already knows. The mansplainer's problem isn't so much that he's trying to teach a woman something, but rather that he takes it as a given that she doesn't already know whatever it is he is going to tell her. As someone who lives life as a female human, the sheer numbers of women in comment threads who have recounted experiences of Being Mansplained To is not at all surprising. Despite my general competence at life, dudes mansplain things to me all the time. A non-lawyer dude that I work with has several times given me a general overview of laws that I deal with on a daily basis. Enjoy the related links and commentary:
There are molecules in the brain called “neurotransmitters” Because of my award-nominated, it-is-highly-unlikely-that-you-are-qualified-to-post-here moderation policy — “Old Iron-Fist” is what they call me down at Spinster HQ — readers of I Blame the Patriarchy aren’t always exposed to mansplaining at standard Internet concentrations. I sometimes wonder if this is really all to the good, since mansplaining can be so goddam hilarious, and who enjoy a hearty guffaw after a hard day of gossiping or neurosurgery or trench-digging or whatever it is that you do all day? But then I come to my senses. Mansplaining — you know mansplaining, right? It’s that loud, annoying, repetitive alarm call that men emit whenever they perceive a lower-status person challenging their authority — isn’t really so goddam hilarious in and of itself. This is because it is a hallmark of domination culture, because it is comprised primarily of meaningless noise (whether taken in or out of context), and because it is obfuscatory, oppressive, denigrating, sexist, and rude.
Me? A mansplainer? Let me mansplain. « Shapely Prose There is some hilarious shit going down over at Zuska’s. See, she posted a definition of “mansplaining” that included stuff like this: You May Be A Mansplainer If…1. You MUST explain why everything I said is beside the point, and wrong, and silly.2. You MUST explain why you are not a mansplainer, then re-explain things to the wimminz. And she got comments that included gems like these: If someone is sure they’re right — and you’re sure they’re wrong — there’s no discussion to be had. It’s silly to talk about mansplaining! Here’s a thing about mansplaining and why I care a lot about it: it is annoying, and frustrating, and insulting, and deeply rooted in institutionalized sexism, and often profoundly harmful to women. That said, it’s more fun if we treat “you might be a mansplainer if…” as a fun meme, right? Also, at almost the same time that SM sent me the Zuska link, another friend sent me this: (click to embiggen)(I have no idea who to credit for this so please let me know if you know)
You May Be A Mansplainer If… – Thus Spake Zuska Mansplaining. We’ve all had to endure it, on the internets or IRL, so frequently we are often overwhelmed with the desire to hork up serious chunks on the mansplainer’s shoes. And yet, you can’t always do that. Maybe the mansplainer is your boss. Maybe he’s mansplaining on your blog or your Facebook page, and you just can’t get at his shoes. What to do? First, some clarification. Mansplaining isn’t just the act of explaining while male, of course; many men manage to explain things every day without in the least insulting their listeners.Mansplaining is when a dude tells you, a woman, how to do something you already know how to do, or how you are wrong about something you are actually right about, or miscellaneous and inaccurate “facts” about something you know a hell of a lot more about than he does.Bonus points if he is explaining how you are wrong about something being sexist! So, herewith, I open the official TSZ “You May Be A Mansplainer If…” thread. 1. 2. 3. 4.
mansplain English Etymology Blend of man and explain, after mansplaining. Pronunciation (UK) IPA(key): /manˈspleɪn/(US) IPA(key): /ˌmænˈspleɪn/ Verb mansplain (third-person singular simple present mansplains, present participle mansplaining, simple past and past participle mansplained) Related terms Coordinate terms Translations See also male answer syndrome