Tons of people, primarily women, began sharing their worst mansplaining experiences. Here were some of the best responses.
1."So, this one time I was showering with a man and cleaning my lady parts. Knowing that I'm prone to UTIs and yeast infections, I clean it a specific way which includes not putting soap up my vagina. This man told me that I should be putting soap IN my vagina. When I explained to him how that can actually irritate the pH levels in the vagina and it's actually advised not to do that, he took the soap and put it on my vagina, and then explained to me how soap is important when you're cleaning a vagina. And then, I got a yeast infection."
2."So, a man took me to get tacos. I'm eating the chips before we get our meal and he's like, 'Do you like the salsa?' and I'm like, 'Yeah I do, it's good.' And he's like, 'Do you know that if you like the salsa you can actually also put that on your tacos?' And I was like... 'Yeah, I'm aware how salsa works.'"
3."My period. Need I say more?"
4."I was working out at the gym and warming up for squats when a man stepped onto my platform and asked if he could spot me. I politely declined but he did not get the hint, he proceeded to mansplain the mechanics of a squat. He showed me where to put the bar on my back, how my feet should be positioned, and how I should breathe. I finally had to interject and let him know that 1) I was a personal trainer, 2) [I] was a competitive powerlifter and 3) had a national-level powerlifting coach."
5."One time my boyfriend's dad tried to explain to me how the spacing of studs worked in a wall... I'm a CARPENTER!"
6."I once had a man break down exactly how much pain women feel during childbirth after I told him I had delivered two nine-pound babies, without an epidural. Like, sir, I did not stress test my taint just to have an illiterate argue with me about it."
7."A customer in the store I work at told me that he had been on a round trip of Europe and I asked him where he went, and he said he went to Copenhagen and so I said, 'Oh that's cool, you went to Denmark.' He said, 'No, I said I went to Copenhagen.' I said, 'Yeah, I heard that, but Copenhagen is in Denmark.' And he tried to explain to me that Copenhagen and Denmark are both towns in Sweden."
8."I was playing Mulan at Disney World, and this little girl comes up to me and goes, 'Hiyah! Hiyah! Hiyah!' which is very common for little kids to do. Her dad looks at me and says, 'Oh she's doing that because in the movie Mulan, Mulan fights in the war against the bad guys. And I said, 'You mean me?'"
9."He didn't know what mansplaining was...so I told him. And then he mansplained mansplaining...to ME."
10."I once had a man mansplain to me my own name. My name is Niamh, it's Irish. So I met this guy, he had only ever interacted with me on WhatsApp, and so he said, 'Oh you must be Ny-am.' And I said, 'Oh no, it's Niamh, it's pronounced like this, it's the Irish language.' And he goes, 'No, it should be 'Ny-am.' And I was like, 'No, it's my name. It's a different language.' And he was like, 'But there's an 'M' in it. It should be Ny-am.' And he just kept going and going as if I needed to get through my tiny woman brain that I was pronouncing my own name wrong for 22 years of my life. He wasn't an Irish speaker or a native English speaker, he was Greek."
11."When I was in high school, a good friend caused her own death by carbon monoxide poisoning. When I was in college, my mother was killed in a car crash and my dad died of a broken heart shortly after; I had a series of reproductive losses by miscarriage; I had a good friend cause her own death by gunshot, another died from aneurism, a third to breast cancer, another to stroke, and of course there's been heart attacks. My brother-in-law died of COVID and my husband died three years ago of lung cancer. My master's thesis is on grief and bereavement. I've written a book. My doctorate is in clinical psychology... And yet, a man told me I didn't really understand grief and he explained it to me. Who has he lost in his own life? His dog died when he was 12."
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