Very interesting story although it’s entirely mis-titled and should just be The Professional Blue Belt Phenomenon, IMO
gerund or present participle: mansplaining
- (of a man) explain (something) to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing.
- “I’m listening to a guy mansplain economics to his wife”
Unless you are explaining the finer points of jiu jitsu to your female instructor, you probably aren’t mansplaining.
Mansplaining: how not to talk to female Nasa astronauts
We might laugh at pompous men who tell female experts how to do their jobs, but their comments reveal worrying…
These interactions are the visible manifestation of societal assumptions about women’s inferiority in intellectual and professional situations. They represent the same ingrained stereotypes that lead to women being less frequently promoted or hired for certain jobs.
The same issues are at play when women find themselves being spoken over in the workplace, when a client directs every question to a junior male colleague or when a woman makes a suggestion in a meeting and is ignored, only for the same idea to be voiced by a male colleague, to loud agreement, moments later.