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    Mansplaining is a man’s condescending tone and sometimes the content of his explanation to a woman because he assumes that she has less knowledge on the subject than he does. It generally comes from a manly sort of arrogant ignorance and over-confidence, and it’s rude. The negative impact of mansplaining can be particularly upsetting. Mansplaining is when a man, typically in a position of power, explains something to a woman in a condescending manner. It’s also what men do when they assume no woman knows something or would have done anything differently. Mansplaining itself is exhausting, frustrating, and intellectually insulting. Most people don’t like to be patronized or condescended to, which means women who experience it frequently will feel like they’re constantly walking on eggshells so as not to offend their male colleagues. It becomes an all-consuming game of mental calculus: Will the trade-off in anger, irritation, and resentment at this mansplainer’s latest act be worth correcting him?

    Mansplaining has changed by a male asserting himself on a female in a knowing or unknowing condescending manner. It is the belittling conversation carried out by an arrogant man whose aim is to make his interlocutor feel ignorant through willful pedantry. The frequency of the behavior is a factor in how often it is engaging and thus the long-term effects. Whereas males are more likely to engage in behaviors that interrupt, women are not allowed at all to speak. While it is true that men interrupt women equally as much as women interrupt them, this data does not take into account the number of times they engage in conversation as well as the way they engage.

    It happens particularly in discussions around subjects and topics that are traditionally gendered. When a man assumes that he has to explain something in more detail to a woman without having a thorough understanding of how much knowledge a woman has on a particular subject further perpetuates gender stereotypes. The term mansplaining has been used for more than a decade to describe men who condescendingly explain things to women and, often, belittle or patronize them in the process. While it may seem obvious that explaining should be left to those unequipped to give an accurate explanation, there is the historical context for this kind of interaction. Mansplaining is a social issue that impacts individuals in many ways toward achieving equality.

    To eliminate mansplaining behavior, women must continue to make their voices heard and share their experiences. They can also address mansplaining during diversity and inclusion pieces of training for men by asking them to stop or acknowledge the behavior while it is happening.

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    The discussion over the subject of comparing men and women to each other has been going on for a long time. Society always tries to evaluate both men and women on the basis of various aspects or factors that they find appropriate. And it always ends at the same point when men are superior to women. We always teach boys that they are better than girls, whether we are doing it explicitly or indirectly, but somehow we have given them this expression, not that they are both equal to each other.
    It has been a long time and is still happening. The man always tries to prove his superiority over the woman, even if there is a dispute between the man and the woman. When a girl is not well educated, people say things because she does not have intelligence and is not able to teach her children either. But on the other hand, when a girl is highly educated and well established, people see her confidence as her rude attitude and say that a girl should not study till now. And this thinking needs to stop. Mansplaining has to be stopped.
    No matter how much any woman tries to get respect and appreciation of the society, it has always been the same story. Women are known to be more emotional than men. Showing feelings is not bad, it does not make a person vulnerable, but men perceive it as over-reacting. During an interview, Taylor Swift, a well-known singer in Hollywood, said, “There is a different vocabulary for men and women in the music industry,” when asked to give an example “when a man does something, it’s strategic. One. The woman does the same thing, it is calculated. A man is allowed to react. A woman can only overreact. “ she said.
    A man does not care about emotions while trying to prove his superiority and how his words or actions can affect women. Women have been fighting all this for a long time in every part of the world. They have broken and fallen repeatedly and always come back strong.
    These days women are working hard to fight all the battles and stains that others are giving them, defeating them with their knowledge and skills and have a smile on their face which shows their confidence and their strength and their belief that they are not less than a man.

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    Mansplaining is when a man explains something to a woman in a condescending undertone assuming that he knows more about the subject even if it is related to women. Examples of it can be seen in our daily lives in careless statements like, “Stop whining so much, period cramps don’t even hurt,” or “Let me tell you how to cook this dish properly,”. These two topics in the previous examples clearly show how men feel that they are superior in knowledge than women. It is not only a frustrating experience for women but is also extremely insulting. Consistent experience of this takes a heavy toll on women’s self- esteem and sometimes leads to self- doubt. It is interesting how no matter how much a woman criticizes a man, he never experiences the same thing; this is solely because society has conditioned men to believe that they can never be wrong as compared to a woman who is almost always wrong.

    Mansplaining takes its origins from our patriarchal roots and households where men are considered to be more important than women. This is the root from which all the misogynistic thoughts and practices arise. Boy child is preferred even today, girls are not given equal opportunities to higher education, they are often married off sometimes without even considering their wishes, and then they are expected to be ideal wives and mothers. This chauvinism is cause from extreme frustration in women who are not given the right to live their lives according to their own principles.

    Today, women can be seen working everywhere from construction sites to corporates. But everywhere we see, men think themselves to be superior and more knowledgeable. Even in cases where the woman might be more informed and qualified to speak on a subject, the man’s views are more respected and sought. This treatment is the resulted of deeply ingrained sexism and egoism. It can only be changed when this patriarchal system is uprooted and the fact that women are no less than men is accepted by every single person.

    PALAK KASHIV
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    Mansplaining is the combination of two words is men and explain, so basically when men explain women about something that women already knew and have the knowledge while explaining their tone of speaking is arrogant, it usually happens with every woman, their intention to that women cannot speak they don’t have knowledge about the topic. Also, this has been a culture in society that men are superior to women, they can dominate women. All this is bullshit, why women have to always listen, can’t men develop the habit of listening. Men often ask women to smile and say women should behave in a certain way when they are in public, then they call women are sensitive and have no voice to speak against women, men explain women’s own job to them, it’s very irritating to every woman, men’s are always appreciated to talk about feminism, sexism, women talk whatever they want, even if they are wrong because they are guys and have the liberty to talk its mansplaining and it’s a big problem. In some situations, women are often considered as outsiders and they have zero knowledge even if women have an idea of how to deal with it, women are allowed to voice up on things they know and not allowed to teated like the ignorant one. Women are unprepared for the mansplaining when it happens women can shut the man in a friendly way by saying I got your point, but I already knowledge about it, if I face any problem in future I will ask you. Women always fear to use humor in professional life, women can use a quick joke to men and then smile so they can understand their intention is clear. Sometimes men do not have wrong intent while mansplaining women can call out their behavior and this also helps to create understanding.

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    Mansplaining is a sexist term for patronizing and/condescending explanations being given by men to women. It is twisting the simple concept of condescension into a political/gender issue. He’s making a negative unwarranted assumption about her competence on the basis of gender. Mansplaining is a thing one human does to another, It gets it’s name because is most often done by men to women. Often the woman is actually more knowledgeable than the mansplainer, but since he apparently doesn’t pause to consider the possibility the result is incredibly condescending and patronising. In a mansplaining situation, the man is always on the offense and the woman on the defense. In other words, if the man speaks whatever comes to his mind and expects the woman to respond to it yet doesn’t fully listen to and consider her points in return, that’s mansplaining.
    Mansplaining” is a gross generalization that men intentionally talk condescendingly to women on certain topics. Men can avoid mansplaining by simply checking whether their knowledge is required or helpful. They should also be sure to acknowledge the source of contributions if they repeat them. But women do the same to men. men should try listening to women a bit more. So it’s unpleasant and hypocritical to have and use a term that propagates the notion that this is a distinctly male expression of gender-bias.

    Semantee Chattopadhyay
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    Mansplaining is a term used to describe a situation where a man talks condescendingly to someone, especially a woman, about something he has incomplete knowledge of with the mistake in examination that he knows more about it than the person is talking to. This term was popularised by Rebecca Solnit in her book “Men Explain Things to Me”. In this book, she mentions an incident at a party she meets a male writer who kept interrupting her while she was discussing her project. While talking over her he asked her if she had read the new book on the subject, only to realise that it was her book that he was referring to.
    If you are a man and want to explain something to someone very eagerly then you should ask yourself some of these questions: Has the person I asked for an explanation? Are you making assumptions about their competence? How much do you know about the issue yourself? Unsolicited explanations may be fine (within reason) if you’re someone’s teacher or manager. Explaining after they have declined your help is almost always disrespectful. Too often women who are experts in their field have been mansplained by men who have no experience and possess only an inflated opinion of their knowledge. These communication habits are shaped by gender roles and norms of masculinity. Men owing to their patriarchal conditioning, try to “dominate” and “take control” of conversations, often talking in ways that are the meaning to the other person disregarding their capabilities and competence. The term also claims to call attention to the power differential between men and women and is an attempt to describe a shared experience among women. This generally makes women feel less confident about themselves. They fail to represent themselves in a fear that somebody will interrupt their space. It is also a reflection of society as women are often assumed to be ignorant and unintelligent, at least compared to men. Mansplaining only strengthens the gender divide.

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    If you’re a woman, chances are that mansplaining needs no introduction. For those unaware, it is the almost regular, casual event where a man assumes ignorance on a woman’s part and generously explains things to her. She might as well be an expert on the topic, but that becomes irrelevant. In fact, some women have had the pleasure of mansplaining mansplained.

    To put it as succinctly as possible, mansplaining has become a part of female experience. This highly condescending behaviour exhibits deep rooted male assertiveness and authority over women. What makes it different from any other innocent act of explanation is that a man interrupts or talks over a woman to explain things she already knows a ton about. In her essay ‘Men Explain Things to Me’, Rebecca Solnit recounts an incident at a party where a man explained the contents of a book to her- a book that she had authored.

    In some cases mansplaining takes on a whole new degree of condescension that it becomes flabbergasting. In one instance, a woman posted on twitter that a man had told her that she spells her name wrong. Cis women report that it is not uncommon for cis men to explain the female body to them. In fact, being mansplained is such a common experience for women that it often becomes prime content for a lot of casual discussion. The popular tumblr page named ‘Academic Men Explain Things to Me’ is proof enough.

    With digitisation taking over our lives, mansplaining adopts a whole new avatar. Erica Dhawan, author of ‘Digital Body Language’ finds that digital mansplaining is more than just interrupting. It is also when a person espouses a dominant and unassailable style of conversation.

    Mansplaining makes women feel undervalued and unappreciated. It disrupts a sense of belonging and makes women feel out of place. This could also ultimately affect their productivity. However, when women return the favour they are condemned as being bossy and aggressive. Besides, mansplaining does take a toll on women’s career growth. Being often interrupted makes a woman appear less knowledgeable. This becomes even more problematic in fields such as the STEMs where men drastically outnumber women. It heavily reinforces the stereotype that women aren’t cut-out for the ‘heavier’ subjects of the STEMs. The habit also translates to more grave feminist issues. Erica Dhawan in her essay ‘How to Spot Digital Mansplaining—and Stop It in Its Tracks’ points towards a study which found that ‘credit-taking mansplaining’ reaffirms the gender pay gap and strengthens the glass ceiling.

    It is obvious now that mansplaining is no light issue. Its effect on women’s self-confidence and career track is hardly a matter to be ignored. In the pandemic where workspaces have largely migrated online, the chances of mansplaining also increase drastically. Counteracting can be a difficult task. In cases where men, who are open-minded, don’t realise their crime, it is best to explain it to them. All said, mansplaining must never go unchallenged. It comes down to following former VP of Twitter Nandini Ramani’s advice,
    “Speak up, even when it’s hard.”

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    Mansplaining and its effects on women
    Mansplaining basically means to comment on or explain something to a woman in a condescending, overconfident and often inaccurate or oversimplified manner. It effects women a lot. It makes them feel undervalued and disrespected. They feel demotivated and unskilled. At the time of mansplaining men assumes that women do not have the knowledge or understanding that he has. It can make women feel unappreciated, undervalued and incompetent. These feelings can also lead them to loss of productivity and a decreased sense of belonging which can also cause some women to leave their jobs in search of places where they can feel more valued and appreciated. It reinforces the myth that women are less competent, educated and knowledgeable than men. Mansplaining can completely stop woman’s progression in her career. As she is interrupted in between she will feel demotivated. She will start doubting her own skills. It can be reduced by listening more and speaking less. A good thing is to not offer free advice to anyone until aksed. Mansplaining seems like a disturbing issue but how we communicate tells other people how much or little they are valued. Humans feel better, work more effectively, and behave better when they feel valued themselves. Employers should provide diversity training programs to employees to educate them how mansplaining can be completely removed. It should be reduced completely. So that women feel more secure and valued.

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    A phrase added to the vocabulary of Merriam Webster by 2018, Mansplaining is a verb that describes ‘when a guy talks in an ingenious manner about something that he or she has an incomplete understanding of, and assumes that he or she knows more about it than the person with whom he or she speaks. The misinterpretation presupposes that women have no knowledge or understanding of the explainer. The opposite often happens. Female employees may feel unrecognized, undervalued, and incompetent through mismatching. These sensations can result in lower productivity and a lower sense of belonging that causes some women to leave their businesses searching for locations that they feel more appreciated and respected. Diversity training programs, especially for male employees, should teach staff about mismanagement and how to prevent it. Sometimes misrepresentation is entirely unconscious and seemingly innocent conduct, therefore first of all employees must know what it is to understand how it may be eradicated.

    The behavior has been placing for millennia, despite the relative novelty of the word. Studies show that men are more frequent and intrusive in interrupting women. Pointing is especially the case in conversations on traditionally gendered topics and topics. A male assuming to explain anything to a woman in more detail without being thoroughly aware of how a woman’s expertise of a certain subject actually perpetuates gender stereotypes further. The stereotype that women are less skilled, less smart, and less educated than males is further strengthened by misunderstood. Women starting from an early age are interrupted more than males.

    This could affect the rise of a woman in the job. When women try to find their way through the board, men who see themselves as better knowledgeable than their female colleagues can interrupt, not take them seriously and even correct them. An important element is an enhanced discussion on mansplaining because men often completely do not know that they are involved in this issue behavior. The practice to hear more and speak less is another method that can lessen malicious behavior. A good practice is not to give advice, views, and comments on a topic until specifically requested. It is also vital for males to summon others who are involved in mismanagement. The offending party can understand that what they said is offensive while standing up for targets of mistreatment, which can decrease the probability that they would engage in similar behavior.

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