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Strategies for responding to mansplaining: for the targets of the mansplaining and for bystanders.

Strategies for responding to mansplaining: for the targets of the mansplaining and for bystanders.


➤ Strategy 1: Expose the Mansplaining


To the mansplainer:

-- "Your statement can come across as dismissive or suggesting I'm inexperienced in this field. What did you mean by that?"

-- "Why are you explaining this to me?"


➤ Strategy 2: Expose the Ignorance


To the mansplainer:

-- "You claim X. What is your experience in this area?"

-- "You claim X. What is this observation based on?"


➤ Strategy 3: Keep Calm and Carry On


Disengage; Walk away; Block.


➤ Strategy 4: Ask others to educate the mansplainer


To an authority figure or ally, about the mansplainer:

--"This person [the mansplainer] may not have gotten feedback before on how their comments are coming across. Would you mind alerting them to that?"


➤ Bystanders can use modified versions of the same strategies.


Ally to mansplainer:

-- "Your statement can come across as dismissive or suggesting this person [the mansplained] is inexperienced in this field. What did you mean by that?"


➤ Bystanders can also signal their recognition of the dismissed expertise


Ally to mansplainer:

-- "I trust this person's [the mansplained] observation. They have a lot of experience in this field"


➤ See the Linkedin discussion here

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