It's a good word. I like it. It has merit. However, all words are susceptible to misuse.
Let me explain further, at the risk of being accused of whitesplaining!
Sometimes I'm right. Occasionally, that annoys folk.
That's when the hostilities begin.
"You're a prick!"
"You're too obstinate!"
"Fuck you asshole!"
Such are the common retorts from many-a-folk with an emotional attachment to a shakey premiss which they cannot uphold with logic.
Such attacks on one's character on social media are boring in their predictability.
But now other means of endeavouring to dismiss solid arguments are becoming increasingly popular, aside from petty name-calling and rage.
Behold the lame cries of, "whitesplaining!" and "mansplaining!"
I admit there are appropriate times to use these terms, but they are often tossed around as intellectually lazy, dishonest catch-phrases.
Accusing people of whitesplaining and mansplaining is fast becoming a universal means of dismissing others, even when skin colour and gender have little to nothing to do with the argument or topic at hand.
When a man offers you advice or information, do you believe he is doing so merely because he is a man, or are you assuming he is mansplaining because you're a woman?
The manner and tone in which information and opinions are presented impacts the recipients' openness to that information.
Nobody likes condescending, patronising, and arrogant dialogue, but at the same time, being resistant to information, or dismissing appropriate and legitimate information purely on account of gender or skin colour, that is folly.
Is it blacksplaining when a person of colour says white folk are whitesplaining?
Is it womansplaining for a female to dismiss a male as mansplaining?
The act of attempting to explain away objective facts stated by an individual, based not on the validity of those facts themselves, but on the identity, cultural background, or biological inheritance of the person stating the facts: The inappropriate use of the terms 'whitesplaining' and 'mansplaining' to dismiss others.
When a woman dismisses legitimate information on account of the information being offered by a man.
When a person of colour suggests you're wrong because you're white. And even if you're right and they're wrong, you shouldn't be pointing out they're wrong because you're white.
Do the terms womansplaining and blacksplaining bother you?
If so, do the terms mansplaining and whitesplaining equally bother you?
Aren't all these terms condescending and a bit silly?
Do you think in this blog I have tried to explain away women and coloured folk accusing me of whitesplaining and mansplaining through my use of the term nonsplaining?