To claim you are not the beneficiary of white male privilege is the real sign of a weak intellect and cluelessness in the extreme. No matter what challenges you’ve had to face, there are many, many things that you have never had to grapple with and never will that women and POC face routinely. The fact that you don’t seem to understand that confirms that that you have no standing to comment upon the use of terms like mansplaining. Your beliefs and the content of your character are made known by your words and attitudes. By the way you sought to scold and police both Jessica and me — our thoughts and words. You have very little in common with MLK, so don’t fool yourself.

Mansplaining is done overwhelmingly by men to women. Most women experience it daily. This does not mean that all men are condescending to women, just like the fact that 1 in 6 women will be raped or have it attempted doesn’t mean that all men are rapists. Turning issues that have nothing at all to do with you into some kind of personal attack is what bro-flakes do, and it’s really, really tiresome and lame.

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