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Someone has created a chart to help men know whether they are mansplaining or not and sadly it is ridiculously accurate.
If you're not quite sure what mansplaining is it is basically when a man in particular explains something to usually a woman in a condescending or patronising manner.
Although you would like to think that in this day and age that doesn't really happen anymore unfortunately it does.
I have had more than one male colleague sincerely ask whether a certain behavior is mansplaining. Since apparently this is hard to figure out, I made one of them a chart. pic.twitter.com/7DZ1RTrB3R
- Kim Goodwin (@kimgoodwin) July 19, 2018
Sometimes men don't realise they are doing this which is fair, but others arguably do it on purpose to intimidate or belittle women when it turns the woman usually know more about the subject than the man.
This is probably why this handy chart was created to help men figure out whether they are offering advice to be helpful or if they are simply mansplaining.
The chart was created by Kim Goodwin who is Vice-President, Design and General Manager at Cooper, and leads an integrated practice of interaction, visual, and industrial designers.
Kim is an expert in her field consulting for clients in all kinds of different industries, including retail and consumer electronics.
She is also the author of Designing For The Digital Age so she is definitely a strong and professional woman who probably doesn't need a lot explaining to her.
After having multiple men explaining to her various elements of her career, which she just happened to explain herself in her bestselling book she decided she'd had enough.
We have this framed in our office for ease of reference. pic.twitter.com/dNaXrrCm19
- Geoffrey (@geoffbills) July 26, 2018
Kim decided to explain to men what mansplaining is and how they can avoid it.
The chart explores a few main themes like did this woman ask for you to explain something? Are you making assumptions regarding this woman's ability to do something? And does underlying gender bias make you assume one or both of the above?
As they make their way through the flowchart it is pretty simple for anyone to understand.
For example the first question is 'did she ask you to explain it?' if the answer is 'yes' then go ahead and share all your knowledge because you are definitely not being patronising it really is that simple.
When the chart first went viral earlier this year there were a lot of criticisms to say that a condescending attitude doesn't affect just one gender which is absolutely true and Kim explained why the chart was gendered.
She said: "It's gendered because the behaviour is predominantly gendered. You might also notice I don't say 'all men' anywhere...the chart just asks if you are mansplaining. And by the way, men are by definition not targets of sexism."
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