Where do mansplainers get their water from?
A well, actually.
I think everyone has experienced a mansplainer in their life and we can all agree they are the WORST. Even though we deal with them all the time, it's still really hard and awkward to tell someone to STFU.
Today, someone literally mansplained mansplaining to me and I just sat there, unknowing how to tell this person, "bruh... I know." I want to give him the benefit of the doubt, and I'm pretty sure he wasn't doing it on purpose, but I still wanted to pull my hair out.
So instead of working on my paper that I have been procrastinating, I ended up Googling "how to tell someone they are a mansplainer." And I realized, women get yacked at by obnoxious men and treated like we're idiots, yet a lot of us don't stand up for ourselves out of fear of embarrassing, pissing off or offending the mansplainer.
What the heck, ladies?
(JK. Call me "lady" or "ma'am" and I will rip your head off.)
But on the real, here are some ways to shut up those mansplainers.
1. Call them out on it.
Yeah, this one seems pretty intuitive and simple — because it is. This will generally shut it down if the person really had no idea they were doing it. I'm not saying be an asshole, but just lightly mention that you already know the basics.
If they get butthurt, that is their problem. If they don't stop, apply number two.
2. Ask lots of questions.
For example, how do you know this? What makes you an expert? Are you aware that I am an actual expert instead of a Google-master? Will you please listen to what I am saying instead of formulating a response in your head off of a keyword I said?
3. Mansplain mansplaining.
Sounds counterintuitive, but if you are condescending to them, chances are they will realize it doesn't feel so good. Also, some guys genuinely don't know what mansplaining is.
4. Spit some fire stats.
If they are mansplaining some real bull, hit 'em with the facts.
5. Go dead in the eyes.
This one is a little bit of a last-ditch effort, but let them know you are BORED AF. Yawn, check your phone, vacuum, call your mom, take a nap, or whatever the hell it takes to let them know you could not care less about whatever they are talking about.
Yeah, I know this is getting weird, but chances are the mansplainer is sexist. Scare them off with those big fat lady tears that happen to us spontaneously because of our crazy uterus hormones. Dry your tears with a pad if you need to.
7. Walk away.
Honestly though, why should you have to deal with that bull crap? You are a strong, independent woman who doesn't need some condescending jerk in your life. Burn that bridge, baby!