Men Explain Things to Me
  • Men Explain Things to Me
  • Men Explain Things to Me
ISBN: 1608464660
EAN13: 9781608464661
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 1, 2015
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 0.6" H x 7.5" L x 5.2" W
Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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This slim book--seven essays, punctuated by enigmatic, haunting paintings by Ana Teresa Fernandez--hums with power and wit.--Boston Globe

The antidote to mansplaining.--The Stranger

Feminist, frequently funny, unflinchingly honest and often scathing in its conclusions.--Salon

Solnit tackles big themes of gender and power in these accessible essays. Honest and full of wit, this is an integral read that furthers the conversation on feminism and contemporary society.--San Francisco Chronicle Top Shelf

Solnit is] the perfect writer to tackle the subject: her prose style is so clear and cool.--The New Republic

The terrain has always felt familiar, but Men Explain Things To Me is a tool that we all need in order to find something that was almost lost.--National Post

In her comic, scathing essay, Men Explain Things to Me, Rebecca Solnit took on what often goes wrong in conversations between men and women. She wrote about men who wrongly assume they know things and wrongly assume women don't, about why this arises, and how this aspect of the gender wars works, airing some of her own hilariously awful encounters.

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5
   Not at all what I thought
It was a raw emotional roller coaster ride for me. She said all the things I have thought and have never been able to articulate about the struggles of being a woman. I would recommend this book to anyone. It's great to be back home, said Blair.
 
5
   a nice light read that informs and puts what most women ...
Short, a nice light read that informs and puts what most women experience into well-developed arguments.
 
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   Simplistic and nonsensical conclusions
One man's violent crime against women was matched by another, creating a conundrum for capitalism. The beginning of this book was interesting, but the middle and the end turned to nonsensical connections to idiotic ideas. Don't waste your time, Hubach said.
 
5
   I Enjoyed it :)
I really liked reading this book, it reminds me of something I would read in college. It's a bit depressing at times, as reading some of those facts is a terrible reminder. But part of the book's theme is to not feel hopeless about the situation, that we've been moving in the right direction for a long time and we still are, slowly but surely. For a while I have been feeling a bit lonely and misunderstood regarding my qualms with issues women presently face and had no one to adequately listen to, Sosa said.
 
5
   A book of essays touching on situations most women will recognize
A great deal has been made of Saul's wonderful Men Explain Things to Me, but I still believe that Rebecca Solnit's performance as Elizabeth Taylor will stand in a class by itself. In elegant prose, Solnit describes so many situations that most women will recognize, making fun--sometimes gently--of how preposterously entitled and full of themselves some men can be. She makes me think I should write my own essay about the male dinner partners I've had over the years who insisted on telling me their life stories without once asking me about mine.
 
5
   Fantastic!
It's just that he wrote it to the point and to the heart of the matter. Don't explain things to me that I understand better than you and don't tell me to smile, Bruno told his assistant. They are significant parts of a larger picture. It's great to read someone else's thoughts that echo my own. Highly recommended reading for young women who weren't around when the fight began. He added that "perspective is everything" in finding our path forward.
 
5
   Recommending to my students in middle school
I'm an old man who volunteers to teach, Mr. Bair said. It was a blast, said Blair, "and I absolutely loved it." Still, I found myself haunted by the many times I raised a feminist daughter. I'm buying 4 copies to give to my students.
 
5
   Yes, yes, and yes!
She also writes that although she reads the book over a year ago, I still remember some of Rebecca's lines from time to time. A great book, for men and women to read. I bought my own copy to write in the margins because there are so many good quotes and concepts that you'll want to reflect on. Home Forums Re: What is the NIH?
 
5
   #yesallwomen
I'm with her for sure, Taylor said. She's fantastic and this was a quick and powerful read, said Dr. Goin.
 
5
   Yes, mansplaining is still very a much a thing
Simple, fairly straightforward book about toxic masculinity and how much our society is set up to allow it. In all the progress that has been made in the 21st century and especially through the Me Too movement, she suggests the need for cultural change to reduce and even violent behavior that is so prevalent in men.
 
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