Rebecca Solnit, Men Explain Things To Me, at Cooper Union

Rebecca Solnit holding up her book Men Explain Things To Me last night at the Great Hall at Cooper Union to a nearly full house.

Organized by Haymarket Books 

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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 QuestionsHope in the Dark, and Men Explain Things to MeThe Faraway NearbyA Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in DisasterA Field Guide to Getting LostWanderlust: 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 JournalArt NewsGarageBookforumMomus, and Art Practical.

http://rebeccasolnit.net
https://www.arunadsouza.com/
http://www.monaeltahawy.com
http://marinasitrin.com

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.

Mona Eltahawy is an award-winning columnist and international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues and global feminism. She is based in Cairo and New York City. She is the author of Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, released April 2015, and is a contributor to the New York Times opinion pages. Her commentaries have appeared in several other publications and she is a regular guest analyst on various television and radio shows.

 

Mona Eltahawy spoke about anger in girls, “Send girls to kickboxing lessons because the world out there is not your friend. Tell girls Fuck being nice and polite. That isn’t going to protect you. You have to protect yourself. My Rage protects me, I Love my Rage”.

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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.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/global-opinions/wp/2018/02/15/mosquemetoo-what-happened-when-i-was-sexually-assaulted-during-the-hajj/?utm_term=.a2b3c52bb72f

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