Faith Salie has her say on "mansplaining"

Mansplaining, explained

For all the talk about greater gender equality, it's still a Man's World -- or so says our Faith Salie: 

If you don't know what mansplaining is, or manterrupting, or manspread, then you're probably a guy.

Here's mansplaining, when a dude explains something in a condescending manner, usually to a woman who might even know more than he does:

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Here's manterrupting, which speaks for itself (or tries to):

Rand Paul CNBC Interview on Vaccines, 2/2/2015 by Tahini Cookies on YouTube

And manspread?  

Mind the gap! Manspreading on the New York City subway. Patti McConville/Alamy Stock

It's gotten so bad that cities like New York and Madrid have resorted to campaigns that actually ask men to stop behaving as if each of their knees needs its own seat, and their genitalia deserve another.

Manspread, mansplaining, manterrupting -- all of it, whether conscious or not, diminishes women's voices, minds and bodies.

Now let's be clear: not every man who interrupts is a manterrupter. And women explain, women interrupt.

BUT, I'm just gonna womenumerate a few stats for you:

But who's counting? 

Mansplaining may be a newish term, but it's not a new phenomenon.

But here's why these recently-birthed words are a good thing: because they name something. And when you name something, you raise consciousness. The conversation is now on the cultural table, and it cannot be interrupted, explained away, or squished to the side.

We're seeing this now with pop star Taylor Swift appearing in court to assert unapologetically and unequivocally that she was sexually assaulted

She's come a long way from this:  

Kanye West Takes The Mic From Taylor Swift At 2009 VMA Awards Show by Showbiz Spy on YouTube

And if none of this resonates, then I was the wrong messenger. Ask a man to explain what I mean.

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