本書書名Men Explain Things to Me，原本是作者於2008年在《洛杉磯時報》發表的文章篇名，當中提到宴會男主人以高高在上的態度與作者討論對20世紀藝術史有深遠影響的攝影師Eadweard Muybridge，並且告知作者當時剛好出版了一本大受書評家讚揚的關於研究Muybridge的新書，沒想到，那本書恰巧是Solnit的新作。在這篇文章中，Solnit結合了man與explain兩個單字，自造了”男人愛說教”mansplain這個詞，文章發表後，mansplain這個新詞快速地在網路發酵，引起鄉民們廣泛討論自以為是的男人們以及他們的”愛說教”行徑。
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— because 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 perfect 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.
Writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of eighteen or so books on feminism, western and indigenous history, popular power, social change and insurrection, wandering and walking, hope and disaster, including the books Men Explain Things to Me and Hope in the Dark, both also with Haymarket; a trilogy of atlases of American cities; The Faraway Nearby; A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster; A Field Guide to Getting Lost; Wanderlust: A History of Walking; and River of Shadows, Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West (for which she received a Guggenheim, the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, and the Lannan Literary Award). A product of the California public education system from kindergarten to graduate school, she is a columnist at Harper's and a regular contributor to the Guardian.