Men Explain Things to Me (Updated Edition with Two New Essays)

Men Explain Things to Me (Updated Edition with Two New Essays)

by Rebecca Solnit

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ISBN-13: 9781608464661
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Edition description: Updated Edition
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 25,911
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of eighteen or so books on feminism, western and indigenous history, popular power, social change and insurrection, wandering and walking, hope and disaster, including the books Men Explain Things to Me and Hope in the Dark, both also with Haymarket; a trilogy of atlases of American cities; The Faraway Nearby; A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in DisasterA Field Guide to Getting LostWanderlust: A History of Walking; and River of Shadows, Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West (for which she received a Guggenheim, the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, and the Lannan Literary Award). A product of the California public education system from kindergarten to graduate school, she is a columnist at Harper's and a regular contributor to the Guardian.

Table of Contents

Men Explain Things to Me 1

The Longest War 19

Worlds Collide in a Luxury Suite: Some Thoughts on the IMF, Global Injustice, and a Stranger on a Train 39

In Praise of the Threat: What Marriage Equality Really Means 55

Grandmother Spider 63

Woolf's Darkness: Embracing the Inexplicable 79

Cassandra Among the Creeps 103

#YesAll Women: Feminists Rewrite the Story 121

Pandora's Box and the Volunteer Police Force 139

Image Credits 155

Acknowledgments 157

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Men Explain Things to Me 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finally, a definition and indictment of the patriarchal culture that still pervades business, politics, and daily life. Everyone should read this. Read it twice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading Ms Solnit's work because she makes me think and challenges my assumptions
JimRGill2012 More than 1 year ago
Rebecca Solnit is indignant. And she has every right to be. She also has a sense of humor, which effectively leavens her anger. But make no mistake—her articulate and evocative writing in this collection of nine previously published (mostly online) essays is fueled by a keen sense of social justice, especially (but not exclusively) as it pertains to gender. Perhaps best known for the title essay, she relates the frustratingly bizarre and insulting social interaction that occasioned her writing it. This edition includes a coda that addresses the rise in the use of the term "mansplaining," for which she disavows complete credit while helping to focus the meaning of the word. Like any effective writer, Solnit supports her arguments (and there are many worth noting) with facts, details, and references. Unfortunately, for anyone wishing to follow up on these references, she omits documentation of her sources, explaining in the Acknowledgments that doing so would have resulted in innumerable “ponderous” footnotes. She does mention that the source citations are available in the online versions of these essays, which is a minor inconvenience. Despite the brevity of these essays (none exceeds 20 pages), they are indeed powerful and eye-opening declarations. Just try to read “The Longest War” without getting peeved. “Cassandra Among the Creeps” is likewise infuriating. She also provides some much-needed context for the #MeToo movement (which originated after this book’s publication in 2014) with her analysis of the #YesAllWomen movement in the essay of the same name, subtitled “Feminists Rewrite the Story.” One motif that informs every essay in this collection is Solnit’s belief in words, the power they wield, and the power afforded to those brave enough to use them. If you want to know what feminism sounds like in the 21st century, read this book.