mansplain (v.): (of a man) explains something to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing. – Oxford Dictionaries
Sadly, most women have been on the receiving end of mansplaining. You know, when a man interrupts or speaks over a woman to explain something that she already knows. Often times it’s when men interrupt or presume to correct a woman who is speaking of her own experience or expertise, implying that he knows best.
This public service announcement from ATTN, which perfectly illustrates the problem, is calling on men to stop mansplaining and talking over women. The video kicks off with a scene from Sex in the City, featuring Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) being mansplained during a meeting, and goes on to show real life examples, including clips from CNN, ABC News, Project Greenlight, among others.
“Studies show that men dominate 75 percent of conversation in decision-making groups. And when women are talking they are more likely to be interrupted.”
The video has been viewed more than 25,000,000 times. So hopefully the message is being heard, but just in case it’s not… keep sharing!