Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

Men Explain Things to Me“Just one incident.”
“Not really worth complaining about.”
“It’s just me, isn’t it?”

Sadly, there’s almost nothing new in here. Putting it all in one place, though, is really shocking.
Solnit talks about ways that men silence women, from talking over them to making htem legal non-persons upon marriage, to ‘mansplaining’, to sexual harassment, to violence, to murder.

The spectrum – an updated form of polar opposites.

Rebecca Solnit also points out that many, many terms came into existence at the Anita Hill trial, make that the Clarence Thomas trial when Anita Hill was somehow the one on trial. Sexual harassment in the workplace used to just business as usual and thus nameless, but giving it a name let people say “Me too” long before the #metoo movement. Other new words – from only 2012! – are already part of the national conversation.

Hedda Nussbaum – a domestic violence victim who failed to protect her daughter, and went to jail, vilified in the press far more than the man who beat them both.

A short book, but not a fast read, even though there was almost nothing new.


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