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Review: Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

solnitbinbMen Explain Things to Me and Other Essays by Rebecca Solnit (Granta, £12.99)

“Mansplaining”: a tendency among some men to unnecessarily explain things to women, based on a mistaken assumption that they know more about a given subject.

This is the term spawned by Rebecca Solnit’s 2008 essay “Men Explain Things To Me.” Solnit, a historian, wrote the essay after attending a party where the host insisted on lecturing her with great authority about a book he had not read and which, another guest politely pointed out, she had written.…

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