FDL Book Salon Welcomes Rebecca Solnit, Men Explain Things to Me
When I received the invitation to host the book salon for Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me, I was sitting at a coffee shop listening to a white man I’d only just met explain the racial divide in St. Louis, Missouri. Full disclosure: I’m black and a native St. Louisan. As the man went on and on about some article on race that I just had to read and blah, blah, followed by another blah, I scrolled through my email and saw the book salon invite. And I laughed…hard…until my eyes watered. When the man asked what was so funny and I explained about the salon, he frowned and replied…wait for it…that not all men mansplain.
If you have not had the pleasure of reading Men Explain Things to Me, I urge you to address that situation. Be prepared to thoroughly enjoy a bold exploration of mansplaining, kicked off by the essay that inspired many a meme. Rebecca Solnit is a writer, historian, activist, and the author of fourteen books on topics ranging from civil society, and uprisings, to pleasure, politics, empathy and storytelling. Men Explain Things to Me is a collection of Solnit’s essays. In the title piece, Solnit tackles mansplaining through personal experiences. She explores why mansplaining happens, and also goes after why it is more than just annoying.
I’m excited to host this book salon and hope you can join the discussion!
[As a courtesy to our guests, please keep comments to the book and be respectful of dissenting opinions. Please take other conversations to a previous thread. – bev]