January 11 2017
Jillian Kay Melchior
Think it’s obnoxious when men hold forth? The feminist response is to one-up them by giving them condescending reading assignments, argues Sadie L. Trombetta of the women’s website Bustle.
One way mansplaining manifests itself, Trombetta complains, is “a man proclaiming a woman is misinformed because she disagrees with him.”
Annoyed by this phenomenon, Trombetta has chosen not one but five books “to give the men in your life so you don’t have to keep explaining [mansplaining].” Those book recs, together, constitute more than 1,500 pages of reading.
We’d wager a hefty sum that no man who considers Trombetta misinformed has ever given her five books to remedy her supposed lack of knowledge.
Trombetta unintentionally reveals her double standard, in part by womansplaining mansplaining.
One of Trombetta’s recommendations is Men Explain Things to Me. The title is pretty self-explanatory, but Trombetta womansplains to her presumably female readers that it “sheds light on the phenomenon that is now commonly referred to as ‘mansplaining.’”
Even more laughably, Trombetta womansplains Men Explain Things to Me just two paragraphs after she womansplains mansplaining.
The rest of the piece is an equally stunning display of lacking self-awareness.
— Jillian Kay Melchior writes for Heat Street and is a fellow for the Steamboat Institute and the Independent Women’s Forum.