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Men Explain Things to Me
Men Explain Things to Me | Rebecca Solnit
A landmark essay that went viral, inspired the word mansplaining, and prompted fierce arguments.
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ravenlee
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Another really good read from Solnit. I am now embarking on a quest to find most of her other books, few of which are available from my libraries. I like that Solnit explains the advent of the word “mansplaining” but also that she didn‘t create it nor does she generally use it.

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ravenlee
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Another one for #DeadPhilosophersSociety #ThisLife critiquing capitalism. Everything I read right now seems to relate to Hägglund! @GingerAntics @TheBookHippie @kspenmoll

GingerAntics I hadn‘t thought of this before, but capitalism is inherently sexist. It really is a man‘s system to benefit men, even though it actually hurts them. 6mo
TheBookHippie @ravenlee I think it daily reading the news as well! 🙄 6mo
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ravenlee
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Today‘s library #bookhaul is another Solnit. I hope it‘s another quick read, maybe for this weekend or early next week. Frustratingly, the other book I requested (which was on the shelf at my branch when I requested it!) was checked out and the other copy hadn‘t arrived yet. It should be in tomorrow sometime, but I‘m not near that branch again until Tuesday. 🤨

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Blaire
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Pick because I think some of my lack of enthusiasm is because I read these all in one sitting in a bout of insomnia. Some of the essays felt repetitive referencing each other and citing the same studies. However the takeaway- that society doesn‘t talk about violence against women and violence in general as gendered phenomena is important and that not enough attention is put on how to change men‘s behavior and societal expectations of men

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ilyssa.g
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An intriguing collection of essays that hits on a variety of vital themes and points. It started out slow for me; however, by the 3rd essay I was enjoying it. I especially liked the section on Virginia Woolf. Rebecca Solnit is a wonderful writer. This is the 1st book I've read by her, and now I plan to read others. I now understand why this book is on my lists as a necessary, feminist read.

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SleepyDragon
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JackOBotts Educated with a Chainsaw 😳 2y
Tattooedteacher The Nature of Fragile Things With a Chainsaw. 2y
Butterfinger Boys in the Boat with a Chainsaw. 😖😂😂 2y
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag Maurice with a chainsaw 2y
SilversReviews The Good Sister with a Chainsaw 2y
swynn Shoes of the Fisherman with a Chainsaw. (Dang, I want to read that one instead!) 2y
SleepyDragon And I thought Men Explain Things to Me with a Chainsaw was funny ... LMAO 2y
BookDragonNotWorm The Initial Insult ... With a chainsaw. 🤔 Seems like that may be the final insult too! 2y
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K.Wielechowski
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Mehso-so

I got it because I thought it would be a darkly humorous book about mansplaining. It‘s actually a collection of essays, one about mansplaining, the rest about violence against women, the fight for women‘s rights, and the things that sparked the latest revolution.
There were a couple of essays that were a little high brow for me, overall pretty good, just not what I wanted. Expected something totally different.

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crazyspine
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Panpan

The first essay was good but other than that it isn't my cup of tea. If I were in college, perhaps, I would like this, but as an adult with a lot of books I want to read, I don't really have time or interest to read essays about other pieces of art. I'd rather just look at the painting or read the original text myself and formulate my own opinions.

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Linsy
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Always love Solnit! 💙
#nfn2020

kspenmoll Love your library card review! Solnit is the best! 2y
Clwojick 💙💙💙 2y
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Eggbeater
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Mehso-so

Some pertinent essays on rape culture and the progression of feminism up until 2014. Some dry academic dissertations. My criticisms are that it placated men too much and needed to be more intersectional. I appreciate all women who speak up for feminism. I don't think phrases like "welcome to Manistan" are culturally sensitive.

5th book read for the #NovelNovember #Readathon
@Andrew65

Andrew65 5 books is great 👏👏👏😍 2y
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Andrea313
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Eggs 👏🏻📚🤗💕 2y
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iread2much
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Mehso-so

I don‘t normally read essays, but two in this collection took my breath away and almost had me in tears. I‘m glad I read them and I will keep this book because I worry that we won‘t be allowed to have these kinds of books soon. I was not a fan of the middle essays so much, I skimmed them; so this is a so-so and not a pick. 2/5 stars, read if you want to think about some deep and dark things.

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TheBookStacker
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Forgot to post this from my Labor Day before all the smoke blew in it was gorgeous and HOT!

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Kalalalatja
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Mehso-so

I had expected to like this more than I did, but there is just something about Solnit‘s writing style, that put me off. The topics are arguments are right up my alley, but her essays felt a bit all over the place. An okay read, but I feel like there are other authors who do the same, but better 🤷‍♀️

meghathecloud I have heard some others have a similar experience with this. Every lukewarm review pushes it further down my TBR. (edited) 2y
Kalalalatja @meghathecloud it was the same for me, but I finally talked myself into giving her a chance. I‘m definitely glad I got this from the library, and didn‘t spend money on it #BorrowNotBuy 2y
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ImperfectCJ
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I wasn't excited about reading this book. It's depressing to me to read about how we're still fighting the same old stuff we fought against in the 90s. But I found something unexpected here: a clear parallel between "Not All Men" and white exceptionalism. Through the familiar lens of feminism, I think I've gained a better understanding of my anti-racism work. Still a little unclear on action items, but it's personal progress.
#bookspinbingo

Prairiegirl_reading I nodded along to a lot of this but I didn‘t think it was particularly groundbreaking, nothing new. 2y
ImperfectCJ @Prairiegirl_reading Agreed. My favorite essay is the one about Virginia Woolf. Well, and the connection between feminism and anti-racism, but that isn't explicit in the essays, just a lightbulb that went off for me. I also like her point about the balance of celebrating progress while still keeping one's eye on all that's left to do. 2y
NeedsMoreBooks I liked this one but I agree that we needed some action points. 2y
ImperfectCJ @NeedsMoreBooks It's almost always easier to identify the problem than it is to figure out a solution, I guess. Although identifying the problem isn't necessarily "easy" either. 2y
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sarahlandis
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4/5 stars.

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Bookwomble
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A thoughtful and pertinent article by Rebecca Solnit about masculinity, which chimes with the Grayson Perry book I'm reading, "The Descent of Man".

https://lithub.com/masculinity-as-radical-selfishness-rebecca-solnit-on-the-mask...

kspenmoll Thank you for the link. I love RS!! 3y
Bookwomble @kspenmoll I keep coming across her articles and enjoy them, but haven't read any of her books yet. I'll have to remedy that before too long 🙂 3y
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JGadz11
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This is the perfect example of a narrator that ruins the reading for me. This is serious, necessary reading material, and she sounds like she‘s reading children‘s books. WTActual???🤷🏻‍♀️

Caterina I've met Solnit in person and gone to some talks she's done, and that's just actually how she talks, kind of light and breathy. Somehow seeing her talk helped me get used to it, but I still read her self-narrated books in print rather than listening to the audio. 😅 3y
JGadz11 @Caterina thanks for the context!🙏🏼 3y
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slategreyskies
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@Eggs #wondrouswednesday

• a national park poster based on one of its worst Yelp reviews
• Men Explain Things To Me // Diary of a Fat Girl // Possession
• I wouldn‘t let anyone know that I owned a book they might want to borrow. I mostly read only library books when I‘m out in public, not books I own.

Eggs Love your responses 💗 Thanks for playing 👏🏻🤗 3y
Avanders Love it! 😄 And thanks for the tag! 😘♥️ I generally don‘t mind borrowing books (I‘m that odd book lover that actually loves lending books 😁), but there are a couple I don‘t... I either don‘t talk about it or start off the convo w the quick explanation — “oh I have a copy, but it‘s one of the few books I never lend...” People don‘t seem to mind, and no one has ever asked to borrow it anyway! 😁 3y
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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A compilation of feminist essays by Rebecca Solnit.

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TheBookStacker
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Finally unpacked and settled into our new home in California. Still so much to do but for tonight I‘m living in my new sheets and this book.

Hooked_on_books That‘s a good one. Welcome to your new home! 3y
Soubhiville Yay, congratulations! Good choice for a first book there. 3y
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andioop
Men Explain Things to Me | Rebecca Solnit
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It is satisfying yet so frustrating to see all the things you know are horrible about being a woman in the world and many you didn‘t know written down on paper. We must get together and do more. We cannot rely on elections to save us.
Massive content warning for sexual/gender/racial violence, specifically rape and abuse.

slategreyskies Thank you for the content warning. I was going to read this, but I think I‘ll pass now that I know that it would likely be very triggering for me. 3y
andioop @slategreyskies happy to help. 3y
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andioop
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Some women get erased a little at a time, some all at once. Some reappear. Every woman who appears wrestles with the forces that would have her disappear.

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Melismatic
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“Like racism, misogyny can never be adequately addressed by its victims alone.”

I saw someone reading this essay/book on the train so I checked it out of the library. Glad I did.

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EchoLogical
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"Having the right to show up and speak are basic to survival, to dignity, and to liberty."

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Megabooks
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1. There are few things I hate as much as being mansplained to! 😡
2. Jersey Shore: Family Vacation
3. I just had gf cornbread and iced tea! Yum! (Southern AF)
4. US Central
5. Green Expatriates...that‘s kinda cool!

@howjessreads #friyayintro

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Skyler
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My reading buddy tonight. #catsoflitsy

erinreads 😻😻😻 3y
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Megabooks
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#thisonesforthegirls who have ever been mansplained to! #lilthjuly @Cinfhen @KarenUK

I really enjoyed your prompts, and I‘m sorry I didn‘t post more!

And I‘m sorry I‘ve been posting so much today. I have a cold and I‘m bored. 🤣🤧

LauraJ Every damn day this happens! 3y
Megabooks @LauraJ my dad, the Republican, tried to mansplain the detention centers (concentration camps, IMO) at the southern border to me today. 🙄🙄🤬 3y
Megabooks @LauraJ I also told him how I was thinking of volunteering for Amy McGrath, and he tried to say she couldn‘t possibly be running against Mitch. 3y
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LauraJ @Megabooks Oh, you poor thing! Mitch is going down! 3y
Scochrane26 @Megabooks i met McGrath last yr & found out that my county has a lot more dems than I thought. Sometimes I feel like the only one. I hope she can bring him down. 3y
Megabooks @Scochrane26 You live in the 6th district, right? I‘m over in the 2nd, but I‘m sure she needs organizers everywhere in Kentucky. I think she‘s very impressive on paper and in speeches. I‘d love to help get out all those dems and independents who have lost hope in the face of Mitch. 👍🏻 3y
Megabooks @LauraJ Mitch is going down! I‘m determined to have our first democratic senator since Wendell Ford! 3y
Scochrane26 @Megabooks yes, I‘m in 6th but not in lex, so my county is usually red. My parents have been more republican in recent yrs, my sis & I more dem. I really hope to get out several of our Ky leaders, including our horrific governor. 3y
Megabooks @Scochrane26 🤬 Bevin 🙄 Can‘t stand that 🤬. He needs to GO! 3y
Cinfhen Enjoyed seeing your posts on the times when u could join in ♥️ 3y
Megabooks @Cinfhen 😁😘 3y
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Gillyreads
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Woke up with back pain so I‘ve switched to audio for a bit #24in48

TheShaggyShepherd What do you think about this? I read it last year. 3y
Gillyreads @IvoryLunatic I think maybe it would have been better in print. It was a little difficult to follow the structure of each essay? But that might have been because I was sleepy. 3y
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SW-T
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So glad I finally got around to this one. Definitely one to keep and reread. Dark topics sometimes, but there‘s an overall tone of hope and optimism for the future.

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Darklunarose
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This book has been on the go for a while now and I finally read the last essay this morning. For me it was best read essay by essay giving each one time to sink in and it‘s message to have full effect. I really loved this work. It has such an important message...well measures actually. We have a long way to go. But we are getting there.

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Darklunarose
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Completed Rise Sister Rise this morning and am moving onto this.

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Tamarity
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I tried to read this before my recent hysterectomy and couldn‘t get past the 3rd page because my Mirena IUD turned me into a hormone monster. During recovery I listened to the e-book while cross-stitching. It was so validating and infuriating all at the same time. I‘ve been telling every woman I know that she needs this book in her life.

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SW-T
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1. Fritos!
2. Umm...I bought several including the tagged 🙄
3. 41
4. Not really, though I have a lot of books about books and even more cookbooks
5. Undecided and unknown

#HumpDayPost @MinDea

Megabooks Men Explain Things is really good! 4y
SW-T @Megabooks I‘m looking forward to it. 😊 (edited) 4y
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silentrequiem
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Haymarket extended their sale through today! $1-2 ebooks, including the tagged book! https://www.haymarketbooks.org

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kgriffith
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THIS IS NOT A DRILL. https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books
90% off all ebooks! They have some in Spanish so I‘m getting both for side-by-side reading/learning, and there are some freebies too. #bookdeal #dealoftheday #booksale #deals #litsymademedoit #blameitonlitsy

LauraJ Damn you for sharing this! 😈 4y
kgriffith @LauraJ 🤣 After trimming my cart two or three times, I spent a total of $42. I have a problem. 4y
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Bibliotini
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Men explain things to me, but they needn‘t. The last essay in this collection gives forth a ray of hope.

Bibliotini LOVE this! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 4y
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kindergartenkat
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Starting out my #deweys24readathon with this book.

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ephemeralwaltz
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Some #unforgettable reads for me 😍 Give me Tender is the Night over The Great Gatsby any day!

#31bookpics @howjessreads

JennyM Me, too! 4y
Kalalalatja Good picks! 4y
Joy0201 Agreed about Tender is the Night 4y
ephemeralwaltz @JennyM @Joy0201 glad to see some fellow Littens feel the same way! 😍 4y
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GivenLemons
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An interesting collection of essays, pinpointing how small actions and violence grow from the same ideas. Nuanced and mild mannered, reasoning takes centre stage. Not much was new to me, but a good way to refocus. #nonfiction #essays #feminism

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shanaqui
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The title essay is pretty good, and less extreme than people want you to think. The others varied; I wasn't that interested in the one on Virginia Woolf, for instance. Not a *bad* read, per se, but nothing surprising for someone reasonably aware of the world around them.

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ManyWordsLater
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My sister and I have been exchanging books for about a year now. I‘m usually on the giving end and she returns them when she‘s done.
It‘s been a great way to reconnect with her since we‘ve both arrived in adulthood. I‘m honored to be building her #mounttbr with her.
#sisters #tbr #feminist #weareallimmigrants #femaleauthor #adulting #family

jmofo That‘s rad! 4y
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swishandflick
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Not specifically related to this essay but close enough. Saw this post on Instagram and had to share - accurate AF.

kate_reads Did you see the reply to the tweet where a man mansplained the graph? 😑 4y
ju.ca.no @kate_reads seriously🙈😂 4y
swishandflick @kate_reads Ugh, no 🤦🏽‍♀️ 4y
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KikiLovesBooks
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Please read this book. It‘s for anyone who considers themselves a feminist of any age or gender.

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needleminding
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Starting both tonight. 😄

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KikiLovesBooks
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Seriously.

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kaykay521
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This little book packs a big punch. I‘ll definitely be thinking about this one for awhile

ephemeralwaltz I loved this one! 4y
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underground_bks
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Rebecca Solnit never fails to have me breathlessly rhapsodizing on her words to whomever is near. I think of her as an alchemist, taking so many fractured and disparate subjects and distilling them into words that ring so true and bring such clarity to a world that often feels overwhelming and incomprehensible to me. I loved and needed every essay in this brief, yet world-encompassing collection.

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Susanita
Men Explain Things to Me | Rebecca Solnit

I think my “colleague” picked a fight with the wrong person when he sent a snotty message to our chief of operations. She sent him an EPIC response basically telling him he was full of caca.

I guess they won‘t be singing “love me do” to each other anytime soon. (I‘ve got nothing for this prompt.)
#HeyJune

Cinfhen That‘s a pretty entertaining story ~ office politics is #seriousshit (edited) 4y
Susanita @Cinfhen Love the hashtag! 😆 4y
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underground_bks
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Rebecca Solnit always has me in ecstatics, whether in the alchemy of her connections between disparate subjects or, like here, in her direct, piercing clarity.