Rebecca Solnit Made My Day! “Mansplaining”

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.s. & I still have her interview on CBC’s ‘The Current’ to look forward to! Life is rich, I tellya!!

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?)

You can read about some of my own experiences with some of that “Don't confuse me with the facts” nonsense here & here & most recently here.