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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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#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! 3w
Megabooks @LauraJ my dad, the Republican, tried to mansplain the detention centers (concentration camps, IMO) at the southern border to me today. 🙄🙄🤬 3w
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. 3w
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LauraJ @Megabooks Oh, you poor thing! Mitch is going down! 3w
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. 3w
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. 👍🏻 3w
Megabooks @LauraJ Mitch is going down! I‘m determined to have our first democratic senator since Wendell Ford! 3w
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. 3w
Megabooks @Scochrane26 🤬 Bevin 🙄 Can‘t stand that 🤬. He needs to GO! 3w
Cinfhen Enjoyed seeing your posts on the times when u could join in ♥️ 3w
Megabooks @Cinfhen 😁😘 3w
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Gillyreads
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Woke up with back pain so I‘ve switched to audio for a bit #24in48

IvoryLunatic What do you think about this? I read it last year. 1mo
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. 1mo
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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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MelodySchreiber
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Rebecca Solnit writes passionately about how women (and men) are gaining ground toward equality--how we are holding powerful predators accountable and demanding better for all of us.

But change takes time; progress is not always linear. The sometimes exuberantly optimistic tone of several essays--despite the dark subject matter--promises another leap forward to equality and more national conversations about treating every person fairly.

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Connster
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Some people really struggle with the fact that I didn‘t completely take my husband‘s name when we got married. Like, they seriously cannot cope with my having squished our two names together, with a weeny line between them. Interestingly enough, the people who take umbrage at this are male. Well, I‘m no one‘s property and will not be erased.

My husband, btw, does not give a toss that we don‘t have the same name....

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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! 7mo
SW-T @Megabooks I‘m looking forward to it. 😊 (edited) 7mo
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Connster
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Started this tonight. Awesome.

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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! 😈 9mo
kgriffith @LauraJ 🤣 After trimming my cart two or three times, I spent a total of $42. I have a problem. 9mo
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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! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 9mo
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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! 10mo
Kalalalatja Good picks! 10mo
Joy0201 Agreed about Tender is the Night 10mo
ephemeralwaltz @JennyM @Joy0201 glad to see some fellow Littens feel the same way! 😍 10mo
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Lea
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I started this pre Kavanaugh hearings and it just became more and more relevant as I read on. History just keeps repeating itself. Things change but the essays written here could have been written this week. It‘s important, it gut wrenching. #readwomen #believewomen

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rachelk
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“We have an abundance of rape and violence against women in this country and on this Earth, though it's almost never treated as a civil rights or human rights issue, or a crisis, or even a pattern. Violence doesn't have a race, a class, a religion, or a nationality, but it does have a gender.”

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ManyWordsLater
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History is bound to repeat itself if we do not learn from it.
This section is suddenly 100% relevant.
Solnit has such an eye for relevant and enlightening events. Her explanations of feminism open my mind.
#feminism #believewomen #essays #nonfiction #femaleauthor #readharder #educate #resist

Trismegistus Solnit gets so succinctly at things it takes me forever to say. She really is an excellent author. 11mo
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CKtheLibrarian
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Important comments on a timely manner. Filled with statistical information, past and current events, and important people and their stories regarding feminism. If this is up your alley or you want to know more about feminism-mark this TBR.

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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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September Diverse Book Club theme: Stories of Strong Women. One of the major points of this essay collection about feminism is that even though we have acquired the words and the language to speak about feminism, women are still fighting to be believed and seen as authoritative members of humanity. Feminism needs women and men working together for gender equality, for marriage equality, and as equal partners in everything. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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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! 11mo
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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? 😑 12mo
ju.ca.no @kate_reads seriously🙈😂 12mo
swishandflick @kate_reads Ugh, no 🤦🏽‍♀️ 12mo
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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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jaimeisbionic
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Mixed bag. The title essay and the essay about Woolf/Sontag were strong, stand alone essays, but the others felt a bit like internet "think pieces" (time sensitive, not very in-depth). Do they belong in a book? Do they contribute to feminist posterity? They felt like filler to me, like feminism 101 and not really the best version, due to a lack of intersectional considerations.

jaimeisbionic I do appreciate Solnit's efficiency of language, her clear value of research and action, and the ways that she employs the numbing backdrop of reports of violence against girls and women to illustrate how embedded and horrific sexism functions in American society. 13mo
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jaimeisbionic
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Starting both tonight. 😄

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KikiLovesBooks
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Seriously.

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Femislay
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Thought-provoking and informative.

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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! 14mo
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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
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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) 1y
Susanita @Cinfhen Love the hashtag! 😆 1y
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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.

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No one is free while others are oppressed.

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Chrissyreadit ❤️👏💖 1y
BibliOphelia Preach! 🙌🙌🙌🙌 1y
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collegecatlady
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This was a pretty good collection of essays that do bring issues to light. However, I think there was a lot of white feminism here and didn‘t recognize other issues present in some of her examples. I understand that this collection is about gender but maybe you can at least admit that race is an issue here too.

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SkeletonKey
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Very interesting read and it definitely puts in to words why I‘m struggle with some of the classics on my A to Z list.

https://electricliterature.com/the-literary-roots-of-the-incel-movement-4ba183b9...

#litsyclassicsatoz #classicsatoz #misogyny

Eyelit Great article - thanks for sharing! 1y
SkeletonKey @Eyelit - Welcome! 1y
cobwebmoth Really good article! 1y
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Nute
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It doesn't matter how many times you read this book or how familiar you are with its content or if you call yourself a feminist, these facts are unsettling and disturbing. Reading these essays again is just like reading them for the very first time. It's a shock to every cell in the body. It's a sorrow to the soul. But someone must say these things as Rebecca Solnit does, as so many other brave women have. Vocalization is paramount. Recommended!

Samplergal Oh you‘ve convinced me I need to move this toward the top of the pile. Great review. 1y
Nute @Samplergal I‘ll be interested to hear your thoughts. 1y
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Caterina
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“Those who are threatened by marriage equality are, many things suggest, as threatened by the idea of equality between heterosexual couples as same-sex couples.”

I had never encountered this idea before Solnit‘s essay, earlier in this book, that discussed it. This collection of essays is so interesting! So much love to Solnit!

#nonfiction #essays #feminism #currentlyreading

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Caterina
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There's a lovely pouring thunderstorm outside (Nushkur Allah! Thank God! It's been a dry winter here, and rain is desperately needed in Palestine. My host uncles have a farm that the Israeli government's cut off from water and electricity, so they have been praying for more rain for the cisterns, to make it through the dry season!) and I'm cozy with a book and some tea, listening to the rolling thunder and pouring rain. 😍⛈

TheKidUpstairs I love to read during a thunderstorm. Especially when the rain is much needed! 1y
Caterina @TheKidUpstairs Yesss exactly!! It's already delightful, but being so thankful for the rain makes it even better! 😊 1y
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arlenefinnigan
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Made a light hearted comment about football on Twitter last night and fuck me men can be tedious.

Cinfhen 😂😂😂😂🤣😂😂 1y
Itchyfeetreader That‘s you told 😂 how tedious! 1y
readordierachel It's so nice of them to take the time to explain the "real" situation to you ? 1y
Reggie Lololol 1y
arlenefinnigan I'm just glad I didn't make a joke about the offside rule. 1y
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StellarDoc
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Grading at Barnes and Noble means teasing myself with all of the books I'd like to buy.

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susanw
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I was excited to read this. Unfortunately it didn‘t live up to what I wanted. For me it was uneven, some of the essays were amazing but others...well, politely put, my mind wandered and I struggled reading them.

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Samary
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A short audiobook. I liked the beginning, it was more what I was expecting. Then it took a turn to a bit preachy. While good information, I think authors should have more say (or any say) in who reads their book because she sounded a bit condescending to me. Great for another book but not this one.

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Interesting collection of essays. They were all published before and rewritten for this book, thus making this collection sometimes repetitive. All the essays are about feminism. A lot of things discussed in this book I knew, so no major discovery. I would recommend it to people not very familiar with feminism.

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monalyisha
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Hmmm... off the top of my head:

1. Misogyny & negative female stereotypes
2. Repetition & redundancy (😉)
3. When an author assumes foreknowledge about a given topic (mythology, history, etc) & doesn‘t provide proper context for you to fully enjoy the story.

#bookspetpeeves

thereadingowlvina No. 3 is a good one! 😁 1y
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Christine11
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I‘ve wanted to read this one for ages so my expectations were quite high and I wasn‘t disappointed. It was a powerful and searing collection about feminism and I found all the essays interesting and informative. Would definitely recommend! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

ephemeralwaltz So good! 1y
ephemeralwaltz I love your photo!😘 1y
Christine11 @ephemeralwaltz Thank you! 😊😘 1y
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Nute
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Day 1 (yesterday) - Currently Reading “Most women fight wars on two fronts, one for whatever the putative topic is and one simply for the right to speak, to have ideas, to be acknowledged to be in possession of facts and truths, to have value, to be a human being...I‘m still fighting, for myself certainly, but also for all those younger women who have something to say, in the hope that they will get to say it.” #MarchInBooks⤵️

Nute Okay. One photo down, thirty more to go. I can do this. Rebecca Solnit...a voice for the voiceless. 1y
ephemeralwaltz Thanka for the follow! I LOVED this collection. I need to read more Solnit 1y
ephemeralwaltz Thanks* 1y
Nute @ephemeralwaltz She is definitely on my radar now. I‘ve known about her for awhile. It just took some time to get with her. 1y
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Christine11
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I‘m so excited to start reading this tonight ! I‘ve been wanting to read it for months and received it yesterday along with two other great looking books yesterday from the very kind @DGRachel - thank you again 😊💗💜💙 !

DGRachel I was happy to send them. Enjoy!! 1y
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