No matter how well-intentioned the men in your life are, chances are they're guilty of interrupting you, speaking over you, or explaining something to you that you already know. Yet, when you call these same men out for their behavior, you're met with the same question again and again: what is mansplaining? You may know all too well what this typical sexist behavior is, but here are five books to give the men in your life so you don't have to keep explaining it to them.
At the grocery store or in line at the movies, at group fitness class or pumping gas, in a meeting at work or over drinks with a partner, there seems to be no way to avoid the clutches of mansplaining. A term made famous by feminist author and essayist Rebecca Solnit, mansplaining is that nasty little habit men have of explaining things to a woman she already knows (and often times, knows better than the explainer). It takes many forms — someone talking loudly over a woman they disagree with, a man proclaiming a woman is misinformed because she disagrees with him — but no matter what it manifests as, mansplaining is a damaging and sexist behavior that hurt women at home, in the workplace, and in the classroom. It's time we put an end to it, once and for all.
Are you tired of trying to explain the sexism women face everyday, only to be talked over by a man who knows better? Then maybe it's time you give the men in your life these five books that perfectly capture what mansplaining is, and other everyday challenges women face living in a man's world.