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Men Explain Things to Me and Other Essays by Rebecca Solnit

Updated: Jun 12, 2019


Granta Publications, 2014


Essays dealing with relationships between men and women, wherein women are still getting shafted but there's still hope for a better world. Original photos by Ana Teresa Fernandez.


On women being silenced:

« Men explain things to me and other women, whether or not they know what they’re talking about. » ... « Some men »


« Every woman knows what I’m talking about. It’s the presumption that makes it hard, at times, for any woman in any field ; that keeps women from speaking up and from being heard when they dare ; that crushes young women into silence by indicating, the way harassment on the street does, that this is not their world. It trains us in self-doubt and self-limitation just as it exercises men’s unsupported overconfidence. »



Essays in collection :

1. Men Explain Things to Me

2. The Longest War

3. Worlds Collide in a Luxury Suite : Some Thoughts on the IMF, Global injustice, and a Stranger on a Train

4. In Praise of the Threat : What Marriage Equlaity Really Means

5. Grandmother Spider

6. Woolf’s Darkness : Embracing the Inexplicable

7. Pandora’s Box and the Volunteer Police Force

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