Het essay Men Explain Things to Me was een feest van herkenning. Ik heb in mijn dagboek Giegels zelf dit onderwerp wel eens aangekaart maar kreeg daarop altijd zoveel boos commentaar, dat ik die stukken uiteindelijk allemaal achter slot en grendel heb gezet. Ik heb het boek in het Engels gekocht; de laatste jaren lees ik boeken vaak liever in hun moerstaal, aangenomen dat ik die taal beheers.

Men Explain Things to Me Boek omslag Men Explain Things to Me
Rebecca Solnit
Granta Books

Rebecca Solnit's essay 'Men Explain Things to Me' has become a touchstone of the feminist movement, inspired the term 'mansplaining', and established Solnit as one of the leading feminist thinkers of our time - one who has inspired everyone from radical activists to Beyoncé Knowles. Collected here in print for the first time is the essay itself, along with the best of Solnit's feminist writings. From rape culture to mansplaining, from French sex scandals to marriage and the nuclear family, from Virginia Woolf to colonialism, these essays are a fierce and incisive exploration of the issues that a patriarchal culture will not necessarily acknowledge as 'issues' at all. With grace and energy, and in the most exquisite and inviting of prose, Rebecca Solnit proves herself a vital leading figure of the feminist movement and a radical, humane thinker.