Extra post today because I am annoyed. I went to the "Mansplaining" tumblr for fun stories of men making asses of themselves, but unfortunately the good times were ruined by my contrarian
brain, which said stuff like, "He was only trying to flirt with her, poor guy" and "But he was right."
Men love to teach women stuff, which can be annoying, but also has its bright side. If you want to know a guy better, you can ask him to explain something to you. And this goes for all men, ages 4 to 94. "Tell me about your collection of trucks" will win the heart of a four year old so quickly that he'll burst into tears when you leave. You can get the most shy and retiring man seated next to you at dinner to chat gaily if you find out what he knows about and ask him to explain it to you.
Men also love to argue ideas. And this is why I think the Hemingway story really doesn't belong (that and the fact that, yes, American literary style has indeed been universally influenced by Hemingway). When a guy doesn't agree with your literary opinions and says so in an academic context, that's not mansplaining. That's free speech. Let's not go crazy here.