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What Does MANSPLAIN Mean?MANSPLAIN means "A Man Condescendingly Explaining Something to a Woman."
The term MANSPLAIN is widely used in the mainstream press and on social media to describe a man condescendingly, unnecessarily and often incorrectly, explaining something to a woman.
MANSPLAIN is a combination of the words "Man" and "Explain." It is widely believed to have been inspired by a 2008 Los Angeles Times op-ed article titled "Men Who Explain Things," written by Rebecca Solnit. In the article, Solnit explained her personal experience of being patronized by a male friend (although she didn't explicitly use the term MAINSPLAIN).
The popularity of MANSPLAIN has given rise to an ever-growing list of similar terms, including:
- Fitsplain - A gym or fitness class member condescendingly explaining fitness training.
- Gaysplain - A gay person condescendingly explaining gay issues.
- Journosplain - A journalist condescendingly explaining a complicated issue to a subject matter expert (e.g., a scientist).
- Queersplain - A queer person condescendingly explaining queer issues.
- Straightsplain - A straight person explaining LGBT issues to a gay person.
- Trumpsplain - A supporter of former president Trump defending his record.
- Whitesplain - A white person explaining racial issues to a member of an ethnic minority.
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Summary of Key Points"A man condescendingly explaining women's issues to a woman" is the most common definition for MANSPLAIN on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
|Definition:||A man condescendingly explaining women's issues to a woman|
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An Academic Look at MANSPLAINAs it is formed by merging two words into one, MANSPLAIN is a portmanteau word. It is a combination of the words Man and Explain.
MANSPLAIN is now so widely recognized that it can no longer be considered a neologism (i.e., a newly coined word or term which has emerged into everyday usage).
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