Don’t interrupt me!
Do you remember this moment? Taylor Swift was awarded a Video Music Award and before she could even say thank you, Kanye stormed the stage, grabbed the mic out of her hand and said that Beyonce deserved this award.
Mansplaining: a man interrupting a woman to explain something to her — and worse — “when he doesn’t even know what he’s talking about.”
Our society teaches women to be quiet, to not call attention to themselves, to not talk too much. Women are taught to be active, attentive listeners.
Studies have shown that in classrooms, boys get called on more by the teacher because they wave frantically, calling attention to themselves and start talking before called on. The teacher calls on them as a way of quieting them down. No surprise then that studies show that boys talk more in class.
No surprise that studies show that men dominate conversations, men interrupt more than women, that a female doctor will be interrupted more often than a male doctor. E.T.C.
This article struck a huge nerve with me because there was a lot of mansplaining in my life. Ouch! I needed this feminist thinking decades ago. I can’t go back and redo that past. I have no more bosses because I own my own business. For the most part my battles are lost, won and over.
So, what do I do with these new feminist understandings? I can’t just sit on my rage. What I can do is write an article like this and encourage all girls and women to speak up.
Here’s what you can say to any girls, young women,or older women in your life. Tell them to practice saying, “Don’t interrupt me.” “I’m not finished speaking.” “I just said that.” “No explanation needed.”
I love what the young feminists are thinking today. Carry on ladies. Because I’m not finished talking yet.
P.S. Speak up! We def want to hear your thoughts below.
P.P.S. Shout out to my wonderful feminist DD, Nina. Keep teaching me.