According to online sources, mansplaining is the explanation of something by a man, typically to a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing.
For some women this occurs regularly. I have only had this happen a few times.
The most common setting for this is the work place or between work places.
The few times it happened to me were always an instance where a man had to explain to me how my job works even though he has no experience in my field and did not get a degree.
Now, if someone in my field that has more experience than I do explains something, then it is fine.
If I have the same experience as them or they have less/no experience, then they need to stop talking.
It is demeaning to be talked down to about your job.
Just some advice for men, if you feel like you have to explain something ask her if she wants an explanation first.
Not only is it the polite thing to do, but it also allows her to respect you while also feeling respected.
Don’t get me wrong, women do this sometimes too. Historically, though, men do it more.
According to research done by BBC Worklife, the explanation given by most men seems harmless to them.
They have a few questions that men should ask before explaining:
- Do they want the explanation?
- Are you making bad assumptions about competence?
- How does bias affect your interpretation of the above?
And if that wasn’t enough, there is a helpful chart that explains step by step if explaining is the right move.