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Rebecca Solnit explains things to us

The writer credited with coining the term "mansplaining" tells a story with which many women will identify

Two men boxing after Eadweard Muybridge Credit: Wellcome Collection

Two men boxing after Eadweard Muybridge Credit: Wellcome Collection

The celebrated American essayist Rebecca Solnit is often wrongly credited with coining the word “mansplaining.” She was, though, the first to popularise the term in a 2008 essay about a man at a party in Aspen who explained her own book on the Victorian photographer Eadweard Muybridge to her. Solnit had thought the word was “a little bit more condemnatory of the male of the species than [she] ever wanted it to…

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