This Woman Asked Twitter For Examples Of 'Mansplaining', And Boy Did It Deliver

It's moments like this you just want to kiss Twitter

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In 2008, American writer Rebecca Solnit wrote the essay 'Men Explain Things To Me'.

In it she chartered the dangerous phenomenon of men effectively silencing women through the assumption that they know better. The experience has since come to be known as 'mansplaining', finally giving women a specific word that adequately explains how they are often spoken down to by men.

On Wednesday, PHD student Nicole Froio from York, UK sent out a request to the women of Twitter asking them to explain the worst case of mansplaining that had happened to them.

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Thankfully (or tragically, depending on how you look at things), Froio's curiosity was rewarded with women responding in droves to give their hilarious and somewhat depressing accounts of 'mansplaining'.

There was the deeply ironic:

There were a lot of examples of women being explained how to do their job:

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There were some good ones about explaining languages and countries to native/proficient speakers:

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Then there were ones that make you question how men think woman can actually function as humans in the world:

Then there explanations about stuff us women probably have reason to be a little more clued up about than men:

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Bizarrely, there were also ones referring to Irish heritage:

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Oh, and then there were experiences of women being underestimated when it comes to D.I.Y and enginering:

If we're not laughing we might as well weep because this is depressing as hell.

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