June 09, 2014

John Gray Levels Up on Mansplaining

I can't stand the saying, Men are from Mars, women are from Venus. It grates on my nerves in a way very few tropes do.

The author of the book by the same name, John Gray, has a lot of opinions on men and women. He has a lot of ideas on how women and men work. It's quite intriguing, actually.

Here's a collection of some of my favorite eye-roll worthy John Gray quotes.

"The reason why there's so much divorce is that feminism promotes independence in women. I'm very happy for women to find greater independence, but when you go too far in that direction, then who's at home?" 
"Freethinkers want to go to California... They're experimenting with new things, so there's a lot of feminism here. You're at work all the time, naturally you start having affairs at work, and you get divorced. California people are experimenting with new ways... I don't think therapy's the answer for everybody, I just think they need more therapy here." 
"A women under stress is not immediately concerned with finding solutions to her problems but rather seeks relief by expressing herself and being understood." 
"To offer a man unsolicited advice is to presume that he doesn't know what to do or that he can't do it on his own." 
"Men are motivated and empowered when they feel needed. Women are motivated and empowered when they feel cherished." 
"Generally speaking, when a woman offers unsolicited advice or tries to help a man, she has no idea of how critical and unloving she may sound to him." 
"Just as women are afraid of receiving, men are afraid of giving."

Mansplaining, according to Wikipedia is:
A portmanteau of the words "man" and "explaining" that describes the act of a man speaking to a woman on the assumption that she knows less than he does about the topic being discussed, even if it is obvious that she knows more.
Is there any subject about which women know more than men than about being a woman? How women react in relationships? What motivates them?

So I hereby motion that Mr. Gray be inducted into the ManSplainer Hall of Fame. I also vote that we put that Hall of Fame on Mars.

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