Summary: In her comic, scathing essay "Men Explain Things to Me," Rebecca Solnit took on what often goes wrong in conversations between men and women. She wrote about men who wrongly assume they know things and wrongly assume women don't, about why this arises, and how this aspect of the gender wars works, airing some of her own hilariously awful encounters. She ends on a serious note: the ultimate problem is the silencing of women who have something to say, including those saying things like, "He's trying to kill me!" This book features that now-classic essay with six complements, including an examination of the great feminist writer Virginia Woolf 's embrace of mystery, of not knowing, of doubt and ambiguity, a highly original inquiry into marriage equality, and a terrifying survey of the scope of contemporary violence against women.Content Notes:
Men explain things to me -- The longest war -- Worlds collide in a luxury suite: Some thoughts on the IMF, global injustice, and a stranger on a train -- In praise of threat: What marriage equality really means -- Grandmother spider -- Woolf's darkness: Embracing the inexplicable -- Pandora's box and the volunteer police force.Notes:
Includes bibliographical references.