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Men Explain Things to Me. Rebecca Solnit
Posted by Cat Watters on Thursday, March 15, 2018
On the tenth anniversary of her influential essay “Men Explain Things to Me,” Rebecca Solnit comes to New York to read from the essay and discuss the current feminist upheavals and the evolution of a newly energized and transformative movement with writers Aruna d’Souza, Mona Eltahawy, and Marina Sitrin.
As she writes in the essay, “Men explain things to me, and other women, whether or not they know what they’re talking about… Every woman knows what I’m talking about. It’s the presumption that makes it hard, at times, for any woman in any field; that keeps women from speaking up and from being heard when they dare; that crushes young women into silence by indicating, the way harassment on the street does, that this is not their world. It trains us in self-doubt and self-limitation just as it exercises men’s unsupported overconfidence.”
Sponsored by Cooper Union, Haymarket Books, and Strand Book Store
Author book-signing to follow. Strand Books will be onsite with books available for purchase.
Writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of twenty books on feminism, western and indigenous history, popular power, social change and insurrection, wandering and walking, hope and disaster, including a trilogy of atlases and the books The Mother of All Questions, Hope in the Dark, and Men Explain Things to Me; The Faraway Nearby; A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster; A Field Guide to Getting Lost; Wanderlust: A History of Walking; and River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West.
Aruna D’Souza writes about modern and contemporary art, food, and culture; intersectional feminisms and other forms of politics; how museums shape our views of each other and the world; and books. Her work appears regularly in 4Columns.org, where she is a member of the editorial advisory board, as well as in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Art News, Garage, Bookforum, Momus, and Art Practical.
Then Mona spoke about the Harvey Weinstein and #MeToo case stating, “I support hashtag #MeToo but, my concern is, It was turning into this, Oh look what these powerful white men are doing to these famous white women. So, in honor of that hashtag #MeToo a Pakistani woman named Sabica Khan who posted on FB about being sexually assaulted in Mecca”,,,
A young Pakistani woman named Sabica Khan wrote a Facebook post this month about her harrowing experience at Islam’s holy site in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. She wrote about being sexually harassed while performing the tawwaf — the circling of the Ka’aba, the cubical structure toward which Muslims pray five times a day.
The livestream of the discussion, https://www.facebook.com/AprilWatters4/videos/10215134640230341/