"You essentially just #womansplained the word girl to me."
California author Kim Goodwin tweeted out a helpful chart last month to guide men through the convoluted maze of appropriate conversation.
I have had more than one male colleague sincerely ask whether a certain behavior is mansplaining. Since apparently this is hard to figure out, I made one of them a chart. pic.twitter.com/7DZ1RTrB3R— Kim Goodwin (@kimgoodwin) July 19, 2018
Goodwin elaborated on her full theory of incorrigible male-splainers in a BBC.com post, citing a few studies that show women tend to be more frequently interrupted than men, and that women suffer more social stigma than men for trying to inject themselves into a conversation.
"Mansplaining may seem like a trivial issue in isolation," she wrote, "but how we communicate tells other people how much or little they are valued."
Based on this chart girls explain things to me without me asking... So maybe we should start accusing women of #womansplaining— Shane Guymon 濾 (@shaneguymon) July 20, 2018
Goodwin snarked back. The dialogue that ensued was sublime.
It’s been a long time since I was a girl.— Kim Goodwin (@kimgoodwin) July 20, 2018
Ok, I’ve had a lot of females... In fact. You essentially just #womansplained the word girl to me.— Shane Guymon 濾 (@shaneguymon) July 20, 2018
No. I pointed out that you are minimizing women by referring to us as children.— Kim Goodwin (@kimgoodwin) July 20, 2018
Should You Explain The Thing To The Lady?— Elle @ BSides/BlackHat/DEFCON (@ElleArmageddon) September 14, 2015
A flowchart! pic.twitter.com/bR6gEXX6Nt
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