This woman made a flowchart to explain mansplaining and it needs no explanation
Here’s Kim Goodwin who’s had it up to here with male colleagues asking her if something is mansplaining or not.
So much so that she decided to make a flowchart to helpfully explain exactly what it is, to share on Twitter (and presumably stick on the side of her desk).
I have had more than one male colleague sincerely ask whether a certain behavior is mansplaining. Since apparently this is hard to figure out, I made one of them a chart. pic.twitter.com/7DZ1RTrB3R
— Kim Goodwin (@kimgoodwin) July 19, 2018
Here it is.
And it obviously struck a chord because it went viral, shared by more than 50,000 people at the time of writing.
Except this person had a question.
Why make this a gendered issue? What you are basically defining here is condescending behaviour that can happen in any human interaction, regardless of gender. I take offence at the sexist implication that this is a male oriented behaviour. #shesexist #notallmen #genderequity
— Derek Nankivell (@Derek_Nankivell) July 20, 2018
It’s gendered because the behavior is predominantly gendered. You might also notice I don’t say “all men” anywhere…the chart just asks if you ARE mansplaining. And by the way, men are by definition not targets of sexism.
— Kim Goodwin (@kimgoodwin) July 20, 2018
And this person.
Over simplification! Can’t the person being talked to simply say “i know this already duh!” and move on with life? I have people explaining things to me i already know prerry much every day! I don’t take offense. And when i do it to someone and it’s pointd out to me, i apologize.
— Laurent Hasson (@ldhasson) July 21, 2018
Women do this every day, but have you, for example, had multiple less-knowledgeable people explain concepts in your own books or papers to you? Repeatedly? Even when they know you wrote them? Not the same as generic over-explaining.
— Kim Goodwin (@kimgoodwin) July 21, 2018
I have not written any books, and i have heard some idiots do that, but that happens between men too right? I have seen people in conferences coming to experts and trying to explain things 🙂
— Laurent Hasson (@ldhasson) July 22, 2018
It does, but it happens to women All. The. Time.
— Kim Goodwin (@kimgoodwin) July 22, 2018
This person liked it so much they did this with it.
We have this framed in our office for ease of reference. pic.twitter.com/dNaXrrCm19
— Geoffrey (@geoffbills) July 26, 2018