Men Explain Things To Me
by Rebecca Solnit
2014/ 130 pages
read by Luci Christian Bell 2h 48m
rating – 8 / nonfiction – feminist essays
I haven’t read anything by Solit for many years and then I wasn’t too thrilled by Wanderlust, her book about walking, but really about other things – the wanderings of a woman’s mind. Men Explain Things To Me came up on one of my reading lists and I got tempted and got it from Audible.
This one is pretty good even if I’m not all that interested in feminist theory these days. It seems this book has become a standard in 3rd wave feminism – or 4th? – http://www.pacificu.edu/about-us/news-events/four-waves-feminism
In seven essays, some previously published elsewhere, Solnit expounds on the fact that although things are getting better, and not all men are bad guys, women are still not taken seriously in the world which is dominated by the male point of view (“mansplaining”). We are still too physically vulnerable, are “disappeared” from the patrilineal genealogies and life, are benefited by marriage equality, should try embracing the unknown (about themselves) and all we can do is go forward – it’s too late to go back in the old traditional boxes. >>>>MORE>>>>