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    Ava DuVernay Still Deals With Mansplaining

    "If you want to see this person again, you have to, as we say, check them."

    When Ava DuVernay fielded a question about mansplaining during a panel on Saturday, she said she still gets dismissed or treated differently because of her race and her gender.

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    DuVernay at the 2015 Sundance Institute Celebration Benefit on June 2, 2015 in Culver City, California.

    "It's every day," said the director of 2014's Selma and the upcoming OWN series Queen Sugar. "I think that's the case for so many of us."

    But, at Radiant J Productions' Cinefemales festival in Santa Monica, California on Saturday, the acclaimed filmmaker had some straightforward advice for dealing with mansplaining: "If you want to see this person again, you have to, as we say, check them."

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    DuVernay at the Selma press conference during the 65th Berlin International Film Festival on February 10, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

    And here are some more tips from DuVernay:

    1. Take pity on mansplainers.

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    DuVernay during The Fast Company Innovation Festival in November 2015 in New York City.

    "You find that a lot of times it's coming from a place of ignorance more than arrogance," DuVernay told the audience. "So many men have been trained to do that, so I have empathy for that as well. That determines the severity of the check."

    2. Evaluate your options.

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    DuVernay during the 10 Year Anniversary Gala in New York City on October 5, 2015.

    "If you say something about it, there are ways that you can do that. You can do it directly, you can do it jokingly, you can do it passive-aggressively, you can not do it at all. Know that in that moment, you have choices," DuVernay explained. "Usually what I'll say is, I got it."

    3. Don't give them the power.

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    DuVernay during the 22nd Annual Elle Women in Hollywood Awards at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills on October 19, 2015.

    She advised women not to dwell on mansplaining. "We also have a choice of how much we carry that with us. So often, the kind of energy that hits you on any given day can really get you off track. If some dude starts talking about whatever, and I let that piss me off or get my energy off from where I'm going, then that's really giving that moment way, way too much power."

    4. Be the damn boss.

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    DuVernay behing honored at the Women In Film 2015 Crystal + Lucy Awards at the Hyatt Regency in Century Plaza, California on June 16, 2015.

    "I'm just fortunate that I've been able to get to a place where, in the projects that I work on, it's not tolerated, it's not acceptable. No one does that to me on my sets, because I hired you."

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