Men Explain Things to Me

Book reviews

Written by: Ellen Young

26.11.2020

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By: Rebecca Snolit

You May Find Yourself Reflected in the Pages

In this award winning and deeply relatable essay style paperback, you will need to brace yourself for the all too relatable misogyny. There are moments of reprieve and instants when you laugh out loud at the sheer audacity of it all, followed quickly by tears of, “I’m not the only one?” At one-hundred and thirty pages, you’ll find this to be a bingeworthy read.  

Feminist History 

Although a bit dry in some spots—it is tough to ignore the sections or essays that have tough topics and subject matters—these pages are filled with feminist history, theory, and thought. I enjoyed being able to listen to Snolit’s voice, struggles, and experiences without the constant nagging of “buts” berating the content.  

Mansplaining 

Snolit is relatable, smart, and down-to-earth in her essays. This is the content matter that makes you realize why this book is credited with creating the term, “mansplaining.” Although Snolit is against the term, she does a great job of explaining the experiences and nuances of female silencing. If you are into media and culture, this book is for you. If you enjoy essay formatted feminist content, this book is also for you. If you, like me, perhaps read too much deep feminist content, take note of the emotional and mental investment that Men Explain Things to Me really is.  

If I could describe this book in one word, that word would be, “righteous.” •