45+ Women Take to Twitter to Call Out Mansplainers

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40+ Women Take to Twitter to Call Out Mansplainers

Not to mansplain mansplaining but, seriously, in case some of you don’t know — mansplaining is when a man explains something to a woman, despite the fact that she obviously knows more about the subject than he does. It implies that he thinks women are inferior to men and can’t possibly understand anything on their own. And yes, it’s just as nauseating as it sounds.

He Should Read the Book

It takes a special level of audacity to mansplain a show to the author who wrote the books the series is based on!

He Should Read the Book

He can’t even defend himself by saying that he didn’t know who Margaret Atwood is, seeing as how her name is prominently displayed in both The Handmaid’s Tale TV series and books. If he was truly enough of a fan to argue the show’s meaning, then he’d have known who he was talking to.

Meta Mansplaining

Ah, that horrifying moment when mansplainers go down a rabbit hole and can’t seem to dig their way out. Of course, a mansplainer’s solution to getting called out would be to mansplain even more because, obviously, the silly woman must have misunderstood mansplaining if she’s going to accuse him of it!

Meta Mansplaining

Note to all men — if a woman feels that you’re mansplaining — you are. Also, if she’s going to accuse you of something, then she clearly understands what it is. There’s no need to explain it to her.

The Best Pick-Up Line

Mansplaining is bad enough as it is but it becomes particularly bewildering when a man thinks that a woman needs something she’s just said explained back to her. Has this ever worked in making the guy seem more attractive like he knows everything?

The Best Pick-Up Line

We find it hard to believe that, in the history of mansplaining, it’s had the desired effect of making the man in question seem like a knight in shining armor. More like a turd in a cape of misogyny.

We Want Starbucks and Tampons!

Does anyone else seriously want to throw a bloody tampon at this guy? Okay, where to start — first of all, he doesn’t get to decide what is or isn’t an issue for a demographic he’s not a part of.

We Want Starbucks and Tampons!

Second, it’s pretty obvious that he has no idea what he’s talking about, as he seems to think that a woman on her period needs just one tampon a day. Third, that’s a lot of research just to make a point… an incorrect point. Yikes!

A Picture’s Worth 1000 Words

Does anyone else see something wrong with this picture? It almost looks like the publishers mixed up the book’s title with another book’s cover image.

A Picture’s Worth 1000 Words

This reminds us of when certain countries have meetings to discuss women’s issues — and there aren’t any women present! Yeah, you know which countries we’re talking about… We think this book’s title should be reworked from “Women in Math” to “Men Who Won’t Be in Women: In Math.”

Coming to Conclusions

Thank goodness this guy has come to a conclusion! What would the internet do without his oh-so-valuable opinion?! It’s so irritating how people post on other individuals’ social media as if they were waiting on the edge of their seats for this one guy’s opinion.

Coming to Conclusions

You know what, random guy? It’d be okay if you didn’t come to any conclusions, at all. Or even if you came to a conclusion but didn’t share it. No one would lose any sleep over it — we promise you.

Mansplaining Worse Than Period Pain

We bet this poor woman would rather be pushed in front of a tram than deal with this mansplainer — we know we would! Yet, here we are once again…

Mansplaining Worse Than Period Pain

If only mansplainers were like periods and could only appear a certain amount of times a year. At least that way, we’d know to prepare ourselves with chocolate and an extra dose of patience! How about someone just pushes this guy in front of a tram, instead?

“Well, Actually…”

“Well, actually… let me explain to you why I truly do deserve this award I’ve just been given.” “I’m gonna let you finish but, first, I’m going to interrupt your expertise with my unearned confidence.”

“Well, Actually…”

“I’d like to thank everyone who’s stood by me, especially my mom who always encouraged me to read encyclopedias. Now, Mom, encyclopedias are those informative books you had me read as a kid.” “I think what you’re trying to say is that I deserve the Masnplaining Award.”

Let’s Just Stay Single

This woman really has a point! Dating can be extremely dangerous for women, which is something that men simply can’t relate to. Let’s think about this for a second — a guy is risking a crappy evening and spending money when he goes on a date.

Let’s Just Stay Single

A woman is quite literally risking her life when she goes on that same date. On top of that, she’s also risking having an unpleasant evening full of mansplaining David Fincher fans.

Those Poor Things

The Venn diagram of men who mansplain and men who are offended by the term “mansplain” is a circle. Apparently, explaining something someone already knows to imply you’re smarter than them isn’t so helpful or viewed as well-intentioned when it’s the other way around. Who would’ve guessed?

Those Poor Things

If someone starts mansplaining something to you, we recommend simply defining mansplaining to them. Then, watch in amusement as they get all riled up over you being so condescending.

Oh Yeah, Quote Me Baby

Yes, keep mansplaining it harder, she’s almost there! Now, quote her own words back to her — yes, just like that! Tell her she didn’t understand her own words…

Oh Yeah, Quote Me Baby

Is this what mansplainers think is happening on the other side of the screen when they decide to “help” women understand things? We think this woman should write another article about mansplaining, ya know as bait for this guy. He’d probably see it as foreplay, anyway.

Dudespute

One would think that a man not having any knowledge or understanding of a particular topic would hinder him from mansplaining about it. Nope! Those men who have the abundant, unearned confidence of a mansplainer won’t let a little thing like ignorance stand in their way!

Dudespute

They’ll still insist that they know best and argue with you relentlessly, regardless of the fact that they have no clue what’s going on. Yup, the average woman gets to enjoy both mansplaining and dudesputing — how fun!

Mansplaining’s Like Riding a Bike

Thank goodness this random guy was here to mansplain to an Olympic cyclist how to ride a bike. Otherwise, how could she possibly know?!

Mansplaining’s Like Riding a Bike

Keep the bike steady, he says, well now we get it! See, we were planning on leaning the bike to one side as much as possible, all whilst on a steep cliff. It’s a good thing Mr. Mansplainer was here to correct us! He must have saved thousands of female lives that day.

Back in the Day…

Everyone needs to be somewhat careful when posting something on social media but women have extra concerns when they choose to post something online. Not only is there the risk of judgment or provoked arguments, which everyone faces online.

Back in the Day…

Women also need to worry about being objectified and having their intelligence doubted, because of their gender. Sometimes, it’s easier to just not post anything at all, rather than needing to constantly defend yourself. However, then the patriarchy wins. Therefore, we soldier on…

The Only Acceptable Mansplaining

This is the only type of mansplaining that is acceptable and even encouraged! Clearly, this guy knows how to make lemonade out of lemons. He understands that his wife is probably mansplained to all day at work, so he wants to turn things around for her when she gets home.

The Only Acceptable Mansplaining

May all women everywhere find a partner who mansplains to them how beautiful they are. Dear men — take notes from this guy, he’s clearly the smartest of us all!

Mansplaining Level: 1000

Like all things that have been on Earth for a long time, mansplaining has evolved and only grown with the times. It’s now reached a level in which over-confident men think that women actually need their feelings explained to them.

Mansplaining Level: 1000

More often than not, a mansplainer will think that a woman’s bad mood is due to her period, rather than something that the man did. Of course, that woman isn’t upset about her perfectly valid emotions being reduced to a joke — she’s just hormonal.

Introducing Oneself to a Mansplainer

Okay, we may actually need this one explained to us. Did he really think that this woman had been spelling her name wrong her entire life and was just waiting for some big, strong man to come and correct her?

Introducing Oneself to a Mansplainer

If we were this guy, we’d never be able to show our faces at work again! However, given the amount of unearned confidence in this man, we’re pretty sure that he expected a “thank you.”

Potato, Potatah, Tomato, Tomatah

Well, this man certainly knows pop culture! Science history, though… not so much. It’s a good thing he was there to correct this woman on her relative’s name. Otherwise, she’d continue to mispronounce it, and that would be pretty embarrassing for her.

Potato, Potatah, Tomato, Tomatah

Our favorite part is that this guy didn’t even entertain the idea that the OP could be talking about someone he hasn’t heard of. We wonder what Mariah Carey would think of this mansplainer? We’re pretty sure that Marie Curie would be turning over in her grave!

Yes, Yes She Has

So, this guy just heard a woman give an entire lecture on this topic, and still thought that it’d be helpful to suggest that she consider the topic? Wow. Something tells us that he wasn’t actually listening to her presentation.

Yes, Yes She Has

Chances are that he walked into the lecture hall, saw that the speaker was a woman, and immediately tuned out because he decided he knew everything she had to say. Well, if he’s so smart, why wasn’t he the one invited to give a lecture?

The Cultured Mansplainer

Which person is more likely to know what they’re talking about when it comes to another country? On the one hand, we have the woman who was born and raised in the country in question. She speaks the language, is familiar with the culture, and was there for the country’s growth.

The Cultured Mansplainer

On the other hand, there’s… the man who’s never actually been to that country but he’s read an article in a magazine. We’ll give you a minute to decide.

Step One: Need a Tampon

Step one of how to insert a tampon — have the body part that requires a tampon. Step two, if you do not have that body part and have never inserted a tampon yourself, be quiet and sit down.

Step One: Need a Tampon

Step three, think about what went wrong in your life that you feel the need to explain to a woman how to care for her own body as if you’d know better than her.

He Should Try It

Ah yes, every mother knows that childbirth and passing a bowel movement are indistinguishable from one another. That’s why the average woman can deliver a baby while just sitting on a toilet at home, and doesn’t require any medical professionals, painkillers, or even a hospital!

He Should Try It

So, why should any doctor even bother going to med school and learning how to deliver babies? Women are just pooing them out at home! Yeah, to quote Rachel Green from Friends, “No uterus, no opinion!”

Well, Someone Was Wrong

Normally, we’d feel sorry for a guy who got an answer wrong and ended up feeling embarrassed in front of all his classmates. However, in this particular scenario, he most definitely deserved it.

Well, Someone Was Wrong

It was his own fault that he ended up in that situation since he was trying to shame his female lecturer by being a know-it-all. Maybe now, this guy will remember that he’s a student and he’ll let the teacher do her thing.

Did He Think She Forgot?

The only thing we can possibly say in this guy’s defense is that maybe he didn’t know who had made the PowerPoint. That being said, it still isn’t really an excuse because clearly, the OP didn’t ask for his help.

Did He Think She Forgot?

He just assumed that his classmate, being a woman and all, would need assistance in understanding the presentation. We hope that she set him straight and maybe even explained some of the PowerPoint to him!

It’s Bad for Our Health

Let’s be honest — mansplaining is bad for everyone’s health and we should normalize clarifying that through dry heaving. Mansplaining is bad for a woman’s mental health, which is a pretty obvious effect of being thought of as intellectually inferior.

It’s Bad for Our Health

It’s also bad for men’s health, as one of the side effects of mansplaining is for bystanders to have an overwhelming urge to punch the man in the face. So, for everyone’s sake, let’s normalize this reaction.

It’s a Tie

Does this guy seriously think that where he went to college and the fact that he’s a man means he’s automatically right? Lots of people have been to Penn State, or even more prestigious schools, it’s not that big of a flex.

It’s a Tie

There are also all those people who didn’t go to fancy colleges, or any college at all, but are still extremely knowledgable in their fields. So, this guy is a classist and a mansplainer — what a catch!

The Mansplaining Chart

Not all mansplainers are trying to seem arrogant or condescending. Some of them truly just lack social skills and/or have let the patriarchal aspects of society affect them. Either way, this chart can be extremely useful for anyone guilty of mansplaining.

The Mansplaining Chart

We strongly suggest hanging this poster up in every office and classroom, so one need simply point to it if mansplaining occurs. Don’t worry, the only people who would be offended by it are the mansplainers themselves.

The Endless Loop

One would think that the mansplaining would stop once it’s obvious that an explanation isn’t needed, but no, once someone starts mansplaining it’s pretty much impossible to get them to stop.

The Endless Loop

There are guys who continue to mansplain despite being called out, or they’ll follow a woman with their mansplaining as she’s walking away, so they certainly won’t stop from a simple “I know.” Unfortunately, the only thing to do is hope and pray to the feminist gods that the mansplainer runs out of breath.

Get It?

Wow, it’s the comment of “figured you might like to learn something” that really kills us here. As if he’s in some position of authority to teach this woman anything. That’s not even the kind of joke someone can come up with if they don’t understand the frequencies behind it!

Get It?

Maybe this guy’s Wi-Fi should be named “I am the Wi-Fi,” you know, just in case there’s a woman around who didn’t get it. Just kidding, that’s not a man who can get a woman close enough to use his Wi-Fi!

Google to the Rescue

We would have loved to see this guy’s face when Google was straight-up calling him out for mansplaining. We do hope this woman’s Google home was set to a female voice — that would just make this moment all that much sweeter.

Google to the Rescue

At least he knew not to mess with Alexa since that device is clearly female. He shouldn’t have messed with the OP either, she may not know as much as Google but she can definitely deal with a mansplainer!

Making it Easy

Isn’t it great when you’re breaking up with someone and their reaction to the breakup only confirms your decision? The fact that this guy can’t imagine his girlfriend would leave him for any reason other than PMS tells us exactly why she didn’t want to be with him anymore.

Making it Easy

In fact, we hope that she told him their relationship only happened in the first place because she was feeling hormonal. He’d probably believe it!

Publishing 101

We have no doubt in our minds that this guy thinks the OP has only ever written about makeup and hairstyles. To clarify, there’s nothing wrong with writing that type of content. It’s the assumption that those topics are the only things women are knowledgeable about, that’s wrong.

Publishing 101

Meanwhile, he probably thinks that he can write a psychology book about how to make a woman fall for you via mansplaining. Or maybe he’s writing an autobiography that’s simply titled: Chad.

The Student Becomes the Teacher

This guy must think of himself as an incredibly fast learner! How could he possibly argue with someone who has told him 100% of what he knows about the topic? Furthermore, it’s not for men to determine what mansplaining is — that’s for women to decide.

The Student Becomes the Teacher

Don’t worry, men… you get to determine other things, like what a woman does with her body in the event of pregnancy. So, maybe let women have just this one decision.

Clearly, She Misinterpreted Herself

Obviously, this playwright has misinterpreted herself and failed to understand her own play. Thankfully, the mansplaining actor was there to help her out. In fact, he should probably take over the entire production since, clearly, Mr. fresh-out-of-theater-class understands the art better than anyone else.

Clearly, She Misinterpreted Herself

We have no doubt that this guy would’ve turned the production into a one-man play if they’d let him! It could be called — Mansplaining: One Genius’s Journey to Becoming a Shmuck.

How Else Would She Know?

This woman may know what the military is like but civilian men know what it’s really like! Why go to the source herself when you can talk to some dude who has a friend?

How Else Would She Know?

After all, it’s not like the OP went to the real military. She probably served in the Barbie Military for Women where they braid each others’ hair all day. That is undoubtedly what those kinds of men actually believe.

A Female Doctor! The Audacity!

Even medical proof that he doesn’t know enough about the subject won’t stop this man from mansplaining! The doctor may have a medical degree and years of experience and all, but this guy probably did a Google search.

A Female Doctor! The Audacity!

Who would you prefer to treat your medical condition? A female doctor who’s an expert in the field or a man who used the internet — specifically Web MD? It’s a tough choice, we know.

Because He Would Know

Thankfully, this woman’s husband was there to tell her the contraction wasn’t too bad, otherwise, she may have been in pain! What are human feelings of agony when there’s a monitor there to tell you if it hurts or not?

Because He Would Know

We hope he was also around to inform this new mom when the baby was out. Or else, she may not have known. Most importantly, he’ll need to let her know when she’s feeling healed up down there. We’re waiting for his update…

Mecspliquer

This dude is not only a mansplainer but he’s also completely wrong. According to Wikipedia, “French Canadians are an ethnic group who trace their ancestry to French colonists who settled in Canada beginning in the 17th century.

Mecspliquer

The French Canadian ethnicity (including those who are no longer French-speaking) constitutes the second largest ethnic group in Canada, behind those of English ancestry.” This mecspliquer (French for “mansplainer”) needs to sit down and stop talking — in any language.

How Adorable!

The OP has more experience in repairing drywall than this dude has years on Earth! She’s literally been doing this since before he was in diapers! That being said, he does have a DIY book, so there’s that.

How Adorable!

Not only can the OP teach this guy about repairing drywall but she can probably teach him a thing or two about talking to women, as well. Or maybe he has a DIY book for that, too?

Hit the Breaks

How exactly did this guy think the OP made it this far alive if she didn’t know how to work the brakes on her own motorcycle? Did he really think he’s saved the day by mansplaining this to her?

Hit the Breaks

We think that he maybe should have hit the brakes on that conversation, the second he saw that it was about to veer into mansplaining territory. Our favorite part of this is the fact that he’s never even ridden a motorcycle — or had a woman ride him.

Sign Here

The OP should write up a contract for her husband to sign, in which he promises never to underestimate her knowledge again. Who knows how many contracts she’s had to take to get signed, over the years!

Sign Here

Clearly, though, that can’t compete with the fact that her husband’s a man. Given how reluctant some men are to ask for directions, we find it particularly ironic how much they love to give directions when no one asked.

Mansplaining Feelings

How would the OP know how she felt without this incredibly helpful gentleman explaining it to her? We wonder what his source of information for this is, given that he most certainly is not a lady scientist in a male-dominated field.

Mansplaining Feelings

Maybe a woman once mansplained something to him, so that’s how he knows what it feels like when someone else tries something that’s predominantly done by his gender? We do have to give him points for trying to be empathetic, though, despite the fact that he failed miserably.

Mama Knows Best

This one is a huge double whammy — we get a mansplainer and a mommy-shamer, for the price of one! Why do random strangers always feel that they have the right to comment on other people’s parenting?

Mama Knows Best

Maybe they should focus on raising their own mansplaining babies and not worry about what other people are doing. Sure, Karen — you don’t know the kid’s gender but you know them enough to know why they’re crying… because that makes sense.

The Pretentious Mansplainer

Mansplaining about any art form always comes across as even more pretentious than just regular, old mansplaining. If he was interested in the OP’s music, why didn’t he just ask her what her influences were?

The Pretentious Mansplainer

She undoubtedly would’ve reacted a lot better to that approach. We kind of wish that she’d just started playing her instrument over him talking. Maybe that’d send the message that she wasn’t enjoying the lecture disguised as a conversation…

Falling Right Into the Trap

This guy fell right into the OP’s trap and the best part is that he has no clue! It’s always fun when someone unintentionally proves your point — especially when it’s in public.

Falling Right Into the Trap

Something tells us that this conversation went on for quite a while, and there were probably some other mansplainers who pitched in to help. Congratulations to the OP for making the perfect game! We’ll definitely be stealing this idea the next time we’re faced with a mansplainer!