In my experience having a very confident air is no deterrent to the kinds of men who are hell-bent on showing off their expertise, even when they have none, to women who actually do.

The problem doesn’t spring from hesitant women wringing their hands and dithering until a heroic man rides in and provides an explanation. The aforementioned astronaut, astrophysicist, Marine Corp veteran and Olympic cyclist hardly fit that description.

But that being said, in martial arts in particular, a confident women may be better able to convey that she’s going to kick your ass if you try to pull that shit! 😆

What a fun time were having here, my friend, writing some things that play off of or come out of some of our conversations! I’m quite enjoying it and I think I’ll work on something about mansplaining in the near future, since a lot of men don’t seem to have a real sense of what it truly is. Mansplaining is a pretty distinct dynamic that is more than just someone who is male being a bit condescending, but you are perfectly within your rights to title your own story as you see fit.

Dispelling cultural myths with research-driven stories. My favorite word is “specious.” Not fragile like a flower; fragile like a bomb! Twitter @ElleBeau

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