Have you ever experienced that precious moment when you’re telling someone about something and then a man think it’s a good time to ‘add in’ because having a penis means he can describe it just that *little* bit better?
Congratulations, you’ve been mansplained.
It seems that no matter whether you’re in the office, down the boozer or even at a feminist hang out, these man just cannot stop themselves chipping in to share their hot take on any subject possible – including on the functions of your own body.
After moderating a group chat about the oddest mansplains in history, inspired Twitter feminist @nicolefroio moderated is asking the women of the Twittersphere the most hilarious mansplains they have experienced to date.
The thread, cataloguing the worst things men had tried to explain to them, is running into new realms of parody.
there's a thread on a feminist group i mod about the worst time you've ever been mansplained to and it's fucking gold.— nicole froio (@NicoleFroio) May 16, 2017
Quote this tweet with the most obvious thing a man has ever mansplained to you.— nicole froio (@NicoleFroio) May 16, 2017
It appears that men will literally splain anything they possibly can, right through to PRONOUNCING YOUR OWN SURNAME.
How to pronounce my last name. https://t.co/iYrI7Wo9Dl— Carrie Ann (@Writer_Carrie) May 17, 2017
This one time the landlord spent FIVE MINUTES explaining to us 3 lady tennants how the plain, pull open curtains worked. https://t.co/d5uCNy9LxG— Adel Smee (@adelsmee) May 17, 2017
One lucky woman found that one male was even kind enough to explain the effects of pregnancy on her body.
The effects of pregnancy on my body https://t.co/rjwvXn429N— belbo baggins (@blindar_) May 17, 2017
How to say “pen” in my native language. https://t.co/dRARDN243U— ojalá que Cyrus (@chrysopoetics) May 17, 2017
And even if certain males may be well-meaning underneath all of that condescension, it doesn’t stop a significant number using the tactic to spew sexist vitriol.
"women can't sleep on their stomachs because of their breasts"https://t.co/A2KbuhhYb5— tommy santelli (@tommysantelli) May 17, 2017
The difference in an ale and a lager. I have a whole ass certification in beer tastings and pairings. https://t.co/H7qd27immk— Alt-Reba (@beccamerlot) May 17, 2017
Honestly, these women deserve medals. We all deserve medals, for we are the champions of our own mouths, names, interests, and bodies – and we don’t need any man (re)telling us otherwise.
And while we can enjoy the contents of the ridiculous anecdotes in this thread, let’s start a new hashtag in the hope that mansplainers will finally get the message that their patronising, sexist comments are not required – #beyourownhottake.
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