Mansplaining, “not all men,” “yes all women”…

Language, memes, all the ways we attempt to tell our own stories–these things fascinate me. Recently, I’ve been reading a lot about feminism and social justice issues, and engaging in discussions about them. The language that is used is often a heated aspect of the discussion. Here is some reading I’ve been doing on memes like “mansplaining,” “not all men,” and the corollary, in the wake of the misogyny-fueled shooting rampage last week, “yes all women.”


Geek Feminism Wiki on ‘splaining (The Geek Feminism Wiki is overall a tremendously useful resource.)

What is splaining? And why should I care?

You may be a mansplainer if…

Here’s why women have turned the “not all men” objection into a meme.

Not all men: A brief history of every dude’s favorite argument.

Let’s call the Isla Vista killings what they were: misogynist extremism.

Not all men.

Normal violence in a murder spree.

Why the web needs #yesallwomen in a counterpoint to #notallmen.