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Men Explain Things To Me (Updated Edition) (2014)

por Rebecca Solnit

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"In her comic, scathing essay "Men Explain Things to Me," Rebecca Solnit took on what often goes wrong in conversations between men and women. She wrote about men who wrongly assume they know things and wrongly assume women don't, about why this arises, and how this aspect of the gender wars works, airing some of her own hilariously awful encounters. She ends on a serious note-- because the ultimate problem is the silencing of women who have something to say, including those saying things like, "He's trying to kill me!" This book features that now-classic essay with six perfect complements, including an examination of the great feminist writer Virginia Woolf 's embrace of mystery, of not knowing, of doubt and ambiguity, a highly original inquiry into marriage equality, and a terrifying survey of the scope of contemporary violence against women"--… (mais)
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"Some women get erased a little at a time, some all at once. Some reappear. Every woman who appears wrestles with the forces that would have her disappear. She struggles with the forces that would teller her story for her, or write her out of the story, the genealogy, the rights of man, the rule of law. The ability to tell your own story, in words or images, is already a victory, already a revolt."

I actually finished this book last year but couldn't figure out how to review it. It can get depressing, as she relates jaw-dropping truths, such as: (1) "the more than 11.766 corpses from domestic-violence homicides between 9/11 and 2012 exceed the number of deaths of victims on that day and all Americans soldiers killed in the "war on terror" (2) Spouses are the leading cause of death for pregnant women in the United States.

It is perhaps pertinent to read this now especially (unfortunately, gendered violence is perpetual for now) as we see 40% rise in domestic violence cases globally due to lockdown measures. People are being stuck at home with their abusers. Partners, spouses, children suffering in the millions.

The essays are about rape culture, sexual entitlement, victim-blaming, but it also has essays on Virginia Woolf, the violence of IMF, the erasure of women in the maintenance of patrilineal ancestry, and more (including "mansplaining" of course, as per the title). There were times I felt that she was not particularly sensitive in terms of how she addressed racialised gender violence, such as when she vaguely gestures to "middle-eastern countries" as the extreme example of gendered oppression. So read it with criticality! Rebecca Solnit writes beautifully, and I always enjoy her writing that is simultaneously lyrical as it is urgent, and filled with the fire of recognition. Recognition of injustice, suffering, and the immediacy of action needed to face the despair that saturates our society.
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  verkur | Jan 8, 2021 |
Some of these felt kind of patched together and not terribly cohesive, and I think it may be (unless I misread the end matter) that they were edited a bit (though I'm not clear on why -- I would've gladly read full length essays that felt more complete). So I didn't love those.

I did particularly like "In Praise of the Threat: What Marriage Equality Really Means" and "#YesAllWomen: Feminists Rewrite the Story" and "Cassandra Among the Creeps."

I was annoyed that Solnit wrote frequently about how many books she has written, and I even wondered at one point if it was some sort of intentionally self-conscious posturing, as if to imitate the sort of insecure reiteration of accomplishment that would seem typical of one of the men of the sort known for explaining things to women. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
I would read Rebecca Solnit copying lines of Morse Code. Case in point: the title essay is among the most important political statements of our time and yet it's one of about a half dozen such statements of brilliance Solnit has written over her career.

Only reservation is, as it has been pointed out before, one of publishing rather than text. These essays were never meant to be together in a collection and it seems the need to expand the title piece into the lead blocker in a full book has created an important collection that lacks the kind of internal consistency and hum that "Hope in the Dark" (my favorite Solnit book). Still its moving, important and so worth your time. ( )
  Smokler | Jan 3, 2021 |
Solnit pieces apart so many phenomena that make up current feminist hot-button issues, including mansplaining (though the term is not hers in origin) and rape culture. She also discusses the kind of violence that women are vulnerable to in their everyday lives. This is a rich and insightful read, and one that both men and women should read in their formative young adult lives. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
Essays on variety of subjects. ( )
  bogopea | Dec 2, 2020 |
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"In her comic, scathing essay "Men Explain Things to Me," Rebecca Solnit took on what often goes wrong in conversations between men and women. She wrote about men who wrongly assume they know things and wrongly assume women don't, about why this arises, and how this aspect of the gender wars works, airing some of her own hilariously awful encounters. She ends on a serious note-- because the ultimate problem is the silencing of women who have something to say, including those saying things like, "He's trying to kill me!" This book features that now-classic essay with six perfect complements, including an examination of the great feminist writer Virginia Woolf 's embrace of mystery, of not knowing, of doubt and ambiguity, a highly original inquiry into marriage equality, and a terrifying survey of the scope of contemporary violence against women"--

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