Sooooo, I heard that Rebecca Solnit is going to be on CBC Radio’s ‘The Current’ tomorrow (i.e., Thursday, June 12, 2014). Talking about her new book. I Googled it & wound up reading all the following.
& it made my day! (Well, that & the word "woof," but I'd better not go into that.)
Because I have entirely too often been patronized by men who know far less than I do on certain particular topics, who have (to repeat myself) patronized & dismissed & minimized me, & whose overall theme in life might as well be “Don’t confuse me with the facts. Honey.”
& Solnit nails these buggers, & she nails them good.
& by golly, she’s funny all the while she’s doing it!
She made my day.
Check her out!
Guardian article Mansplaining, explained: 'Just ask an expert. Who is not a lady'
The book: Men Explain Things to Me
The source article on Tom Dispatch (& Facts didn’t get in their way)
Solnit on Occupy (“Occupy Your Victories”)
& I love love loved her book A Paradise Built in Hell
& this quote about nukes & climate change:
“Sure, you can say nuclear power is somewhat less carbon-intensive than burning fossil fuels for energy; beating your children to death with a club will prevent them from getting hit by a car. Ravaging the Earth by one irreparable means is not a sensible way to prevent it from being destroyed by another. There are alternatives. We should choose them and use them.” – Rebecca Solnit
p.p.s. I’ve met a nuclear industry dude or 3 who has pulled this serious “Don’t confuse me with the facts” stuff on me. It would be funny if they didn’t have their hands on such a bloody dangerous, filthy, life-threatening technology. (Well, it wouldn’t really be funny even then, but I’m trying to be … magnanimous, or … something. Not sure what I'm trying to be. Let’s just stick to the facts, shall we?)