What is mansplaining?
The guy could really have saved some word count by using the word "patronizing," but I appreciate his framing.
I prefer to see mansplaining as a genderized form of hierarchical monologue. Now I don’t see my understanding as in any way at odds with the previous understanding. What I do think, and I’ll offer this for your consideration, it that it might be a bit better in terms of helping us unpack what’s really going on inside mansplaining.
Mansplaining is hierarchical in that its primary purpose is to promote power relations. It’s genderized in that it does so along gender lines, specifically according to the dictates of patriarchy. And it’s a monologue in that it’s a one-way form of communication.
The end result, it seems to me, is a form of discourse where what’s communicated is a view of men as superior to women, with very specific demands made on the listener.