‘Mansplaining’ extends beyond arrogant, sexist men

By Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:

After reading the “Off the Beat” article in Sunday’s paper, I was glad I could say this is truly the opinion of one person, and not a substantiated fact. I would like to propose that the idea of “mansplain” is not an issue that only applies solely to the male gender, but rather to all ages, sexes, races and classes of people;  talking to people in a condescending, arrogant man-ner is sometimes part of our human nature.  I see the matter that Ms. Knipp is addressing not as an issue that applies to gender nor to one certain “class” of people, as she has written, but rather to anyone who is prideful and opinionated.

For those who did not read this column in Sunday’s paper, Ms. Knipp is referring to “man-splaining” as a form of sexism. The Urban Dictionary she cites says the meaning of “man-splaining” “is to explain in a patronizing manner, assuming total ignorance on the part of those listening” and “(for a man) to explain something in an unnecessarily long winded way, so as to dominate the conversation and to make statements that are not based on facts, assuming that people will believe and agree with him because he is male.”

When faced with a situation where someone is “mansplain-ing,” I believe a choice can be made. You can walk away from the conversation and move on with your life, or you can choose to react to a “mansplainer.” When someone chooses to react, his or her actions become the echo of what has happened to them. Just because you are insulted, does an insult in return resolve any issue?

While Ms. Knipp does a good job at categorizing all white heterosexual, middle and upper-class men who are able-bodied as “mansplainers,” the disclaimer at the end is patronizing.

Gracie Gulker

2059 College Heights









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