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Men Explain Things to Me

Narrated by: Lucy Christian Bell
Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Gender Issues
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Publisher's Summary

Rebecca Solnit's essay 'Men Explain Things to Me' has become a touchstone of the feminist movement, inspired the term 'mansplaining', and established Solnit as one of the leading feminist thinkers of our time - one who has inspired everyone from radical activists to Beyonce Knowles.

Collected here in print for the first time is the essay itself, along with the best of Solnit's feminist writings. From rape culture to mansplaining, from French sex scandals to marriage and the nuclear family, from Virginia Woolf to colonialism, these essays are a fierce and incisive exploration of the issues that a patriarchal culture will not necessarily acknowledge as 'issues' at all.

With grace and energy, and in the most exquisite and inviting of prose, Rebecca Solnit proves herself a vital leading figure of the feminist movement and a radical, humane thinker.

©2014 Rebecca Solnit (P)2014 Audible Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Exceptional… The feminist debate has once again exploded into the mainstream over the last few years, and this collection marks Solnit out as among the most thoughtful of many energetic writers leading it" (Jessica Abrahams in Prospect)
"Slim but trenchant collection of essays… As a collection it is an eloquent reminder that we still have some way to go when it comes to speaking of the issues she raises. She writes forcefully about the case of Domonique Strauss-Kahn. And yet this is not a gloomy book" (Erica Wagner in The Financial Times)
'[Rebecca] is not one of the most important female essayists of her generation. She is one of the most important essayists of her generation." (Stuart Kelly in the Scotland on Sunday )

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Very interesting- must read

Really good book! It is really fact / stat heavy so it’s an intense listen and you need to pay attention. But covers very important topics so a must read for me.

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Great listen

Such good commentary on a number of issues affecting women! Really good listen and pretty educational providing ideas on several social issues.

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18 minutes in and I'm over it

It appears this book is all about gender bashing. Yawn. While it no doubt goes on to prove that point, I'm not interested in a diatribe of condescension. It's the pot calling the kettle black in the first 18 minutes and I'm already over it. The smarmy narration suits the subject matter.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-04-2019

Excellent narrator/Great topic/barely lost way

The narrator did an excellent job of bringing the book to life. the topic was eye-opening and remarkable. It truly gave a different perspective for men, at least, to view both feminism and the way we treat women of our world. However there were moments during the book, towards the third quarter, where I felt the author diverged away from the central theme of the book. Or maybe she didn't, and the books title and synopsis was slightly misleading. Either way, it was great read and at 3 hours long I will definitely re-listen to this.