Friday, March 24, 2017

How to Handle Mansplaining at Work

mansplaining (v.) refers to a situation where a man explains something to a woman in a condescending and inaccurate manner with the assumption that she doesn't understand

manterrupting (v.) is the unnecessary interruption of a woman by a man often takes place in a work environment

Unfortunately, women are far more likely to be interrupted by men while speaking over something she already knows. I was introduced to this term when I watched Miranda's scene in Sex and the City being manterrupted during a business meeting. I thought to myself that I wouldn't let anyone mansplain me over my area of expertise... until it happened to me at work. It felt uncomfortable, insulting and immediately sent me into a fit of rage when I played the incident in my head over again. I was caught off guard by the behavior so I ignored and idly accepted it. But he continued on playing this sexist trick on me during meetings. From then on, I decided not to be nice when being shoved into silence by a patriarchal authority.

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