Men Explain Things to Me



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Rebecca SolnitRebecca Solnit is the author of 15 books, including two due out next year, and a regular contributor to 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.

Patrick Michaels
12/31/2018 12:22:19 PM

“Reality is a stern Mistress”. Here’s the deal, men and women or women and men (your choice) co-exist on this planet. We have two basic choices in that effort: conduct our interaction as mansplaining or bitchblathering or we can settle down, escape from our childhood narcissism, be nice and mind our manners around each other.

12/31/2018 9:24:05 AM

I had thought this was an issue that had been dealt with, in fact it says 2012, so this is now a current issue?How disgusting to find this is still a current issue. I am so so tired of this dribble!! Let's just move on from here.......

12/31/2018 8:51:29 AM

Please explain to me the reasoning behind a woman's terrified plea for stopping of her prior boyfriend from killing her. Let's see......she is a woman which means she does not have the male equivalent of reasoning. She is driven by emotions, not valid reasons. Excuse me, not wanting to die by the hand that once caressed her is just a leap into stupidity. No one actually wants to be stabbed by anyone, anyone regardless of who that might be. Go figure!!!

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