Mansplaining encapsulates a widespread experience of women. Tone policing is something we also experience where we’re told that our words are polarizing. They should, however, be polarizing. Words are power, and if using that words connects women to a particular experience, then men who support equality shouldn’t be offended by the use of them. It isn’t condescending. What’s condescending is how readily most men dismiss women and undermine them with the act of mansplaining. Open communication shouldn’t mean women have to tone down our fight for equality to make it more palatable to men; it should mean that men are willing and able to listen to what we’re saying because equality is also a priority to them.

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