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Men to Avoid in Art and Life

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It’s not the kind of criticism that I need to take in and reflect on; there is obviously a lot of feedback that is good to get and you need to think about how you’re impacting the world when you have such a large platform, but the other kind is very easy to ignore. So maybe I'll try again to post the very clever Toulouse-Lautrec caption and the other two or three.

It’s finding out that we have these common experiences and it’s opening some dialogue through it, figuring out how to work together to make it stop. Add it to the shelf with books like Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit, Milk and Vine: Inspirational Quotes from Classic Vines by Emily Beck, and Awards For Good Boys: Tales Of Dating, Double Standards, And Doom by Shelby Lorman.It's one of those books that you have on the living room, ready to be read by anyone and surely creates interesting conversations! I’m sure that some of them would be like “that woman is not thinking that, she is very into it, that’s just how women look”. So, my daughter was home from school and I was exhausted; I got on Twitter just to kinda scroll through and have a little brain escape and I saw this man explaining one of my friends’ jokes back to her.

They look on, often breaking the fourth wall, like Jack Benny dumbfounded by the noise passing for information. Curious, hard working, and always open to learning, Italian student of Cultural Heritage Management, based in Milan. It’s a constant assessment and it’s tiring: all those little moments build up and people maybe don’t realize that, so that’s why they don’t intervene or say anything. As a reader, I can tell you that what I got from your book was a bittersweet feeling, because on one side I thought that this kind of things, from mansplaining to sexual harassment, happen too much frequently, but on the other side I felt understood like I was not alone fighting that. It’s interesting because for centuries art has mostly been made by male artists, while female ones have been forgotten or their work has been attributed to someone else.Through cringe-induced empathy, this timeless gift book of shared experiences unites women across history in one of the most powerful forms of resistance: laughter. Examples are grouped into the categories "The Mansplainer", "The Concern Troll", "The Comedian", "The Sexpert" and "The Patronizer". This hilarious book perfectly captures those relatable moments when a man explains to a woman a subject about which he knows considerably less than she does.

The original Twitter thread was one part performance art, one part satire, and one part exasperated disgust at having your own joke or experience explained back by a 'concerned guy' on social media for the umpty-bajillionth time. I have been online for a decade and I always have been very active so I have a lot of experience, but in the beginning, it’s definitely more crushing.It’s a common refrain when you are saying anything about men; they are very fragile so you have to specify that you are not talking about every single one of them. It is interesting how the author collected paintings where women seemed truly annoyed, bored, astonished or simply fed up. He goes to you and says, “it’s a joke”, when he says something terrible, but it’s not how jokes work, and even if it was a joke, it’s not a good one. Probably the situation that I most commonly run into is with the comedian, the guy who thinks he’s so funny while all his jokes are very racist or sexist, and he gets really mad when you don’t laugh at them. But then after reading through it (it’s fairly short and easy to whip through), I imagine that most women have had similar (or the exact same) statements made to them by men.

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