A supporter’s suggested ripostes to ‘mansplaining’

My thanks to M for an email he sent me last Friday, the content:

Good morning Mike,

Just a greeting from a well-wisher, admiring the valuable work you are doing, and a light-hearted suggestion – I have long been irritated by the feminist tactic of denigrating male expression by calling it ‘mansplaining’, and I was appalled to hear that in Sweden there is some government funded helpline for women to call and report their male colleagues who ‘do it’.

In discussing this with friends I came up with parallel descriptions which they said they really liked, which should serve to underline the basic offensiveness of women and idiotic men using such a term. Two are favourites among my friends:

  • ‘Femibleating’ – the whingy moans and complaints about the sort of things men take in their stride and don’t complaint about.
  • ‘Femiwittering’ – the opposite of macho culture office banter, in which we have to put up with girly-centred prattle about things we find suffocatingly boring.

I would like to promote the wider use of these terms, to be used in direct response to feminists complaining about a macho culture or mansplaining. Perhaps you could make use of them. The feminists won’t like it, but how can they, in fairness, complain about parallel sexist terms? We can beat them at their own game, and if they stop it, we can stop it.

All the best!

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About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • HEqual

    One response to such sexism is to turn the tables and accuse the feminist in question of ovaryacting

  • RV

    Personally i dont think there is any need to be as asinine as feminists. The point of using ‘mansplaining’ is a nasty form of passive-agressiveness to put men into a inferior social position, that requires them to defend themselves, using equivalent terms for women does nothing to alleviate that power play, and reinforces it’s validity.

    Go straight for the jugular – get right to the heart of the matter – if someone says you are ‘mansplaining’ reply by saying ‘if you dont want me to mansplain, dont say stupid shit.’ Best deployed with a smile on your face and a laugh after delivery. Or an equivalent phrase more politely expressed.

    It ridicules the whole concept, and really gets the truth of what is going on in a direct way that is masculine and robust, and elevates your position in the exchange, and robs the term of its power. You could put it on a t shirt.