Author(s): Rebecca Solnit
In her comic, scathing essay "Men Explain Things to Me," Rebecca Solnit takes on what often goes wrong in conversations between men and women. She writes 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 "
The updated edition of this national bestseller features two new essays, including Solnit's recent essay on the remarkable feminist conversation that arose in the wake of the 2014 Isla Vista killings.
"This slim book hums with power and wit."
"The Antidote to Mansplaining."
"Feminist, frequently funny, unflinchingly honest and often scathing in its conclusions."
"Solnit tackles big themes of gender and power in these accessible essays. Honest and full of wit, this is an integral read that furthers the conversation on feminism and contemporary society."
--San Francisco Chronicle Top Shelf
"Solnit is] the perfect writer to tackle the subject: Her prose style is so clear and cool."
--The New Republic
Writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of fourteen books, most recently The Faraway Nearby. She is a Harper's Magazine contributing editor.
This is a short but powerful book of essays on feminism. Solnit is right on key with her observations of gender dynamics. I particularly enjoyed the essay 'In Praise of the Threat' which deconstructs the arguments against marriage equality. She reframes the argument by looking back at the historical definition of marriage and proving it to be outdated. It's an essay that really got me thinking about our assumptions regarding gender and is well worth a read. - Holly
Rebecca Solnit's essays are hard-hitting and remind us that we still have a long way to go towards gender equality, respect and fairness. I find it surprising that in 2015 we still encounter gender prejudices and stereotypical behaviour in what is for many of us a sophisticated culture. Solnit writes with clarity, anger and spirit. While many of the brutal facts and figures of domestic violence will make you cringe, these figures are required reading that remind us that while there are good men, the rate of violence against women is too high. Intelligent and thoughtful, Solnit talks about gender politics with a clear eye on other factors of oppression (economic inequality, migrant politics, family dynamics, etc), making these short essays a good starting point for further investigation into her writing. - Stella
A collection of essays on feminism, from one of the most important and original public intellectuals writing today
REBECCA SOLNIT is author of, among other books, Wanderlust, A Field Guide to Getting Lost, the NBCC award-winning River of Shadows and A Paradise Built in Hell. A contributing editor to Harper's, she writes regularly for the London Review of Books and the Los Angeles Times. She lives in San Francisco.