Men Explain Things to Me


| 8/20/2012 10:59:36 AM


Tags: Feminism, Books, Arrogance, Conversation, Tom Dispatch, Rebecca Solnit.,
Mansplaining

This post originally appeared on TomDispatch.  

 


Rebecca SolnitRebecca Solnit is the author of 15 books, including two due out next year, and a regular contributor to TomDispatch.com. She lives in San Francisco, is from kindergarten to graduate school a product of the once-robust California public educational system, and her book A Paradise Built in Hell is the One City/One Book choice of the San Francisco Public Library this fall. She was named an Utne Visionary in 2010.  

Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on TomDispatch in 2008.   


 

I still don't know why Sallie and I bothered to go to that party in the forest slope above Aspen. The people were all older than us and dull in a distinguished way, old enough that we, at forty-ish, passed as the occasion's young ladies. The house was great—if you like Ralph Lauren-style chalets—a rugged luxury cabin at 9,000 feet complete with elk antlers, lots of kilims, and a wood-burning stove. We were preparing to leave, when our host said, "No, stay a little longer so I can talk to you." He was an imposing man who'd made a lot of money.

gwynn o'neill
8/25/2012 3:58:26 AM

Here is an opposing view: men tend to want to solve problems when they are told of one, by a woman, instead of just listening, as women often complain. But still a real man, or gentleman, does help out when someone especially a woman really needs help and asks for it. This is certainly my experience. So Mr Airhead is at the asinine end of that spectrum of male behavior. And I certainly have been lectured to by such.men. But I have let them know they had no idea what they were talking about, too.


gary moor
8/24/2012 3:44:03 PM

Not sure where to start. Oh, I know: this morning is the first time I've heard of Rebecca Solnit - I am now a fan and must buy and read River of Shadows and A Paradise Built in Hell - as a start. Did a little research on Muybridge and some reading of sample chapters and what Rebecca wrote bolsters what I stand for regarding humanity. Looking forward to the adventure of discovering new insights. As a new science fiction author (new writer, older man) I'm searching for people who think outside the box and might be considered subversive by the current order.