Free Daily Reads 2022: Article 21

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Article Title: I did Veganuary, and now I’m staying vegan. Here’s what I’ve learned so far


Article Summary

The article is about the prevalent mansplaining in the society. Mansplaining (a blend of the word man and the informal form ‘splaining’ of the verb explaining) means “(of a man) to comment on or explain something to a woman in a condescending, overconfident, and often inaccurate or oversimplified manner”. The author describes her experience and also of other women to highlight the issue.

In its original use, mansplaining differed from other forms of condescension in that it is rooted in the sexist assumption that a man is likely to be more knowledgeable than a woman. However, it has come to be used more broadly now, often applied when a man takes a condescending tone in an explanation to anyone, regardless of the age or gender of the intended recipients. The problem is that men get away with it, be it physical or online spaces and day-to-day interactions.

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Words to learn from this Article:

Bungle: carry out (a task) clumsily or incompetently

Co-opt: divert to or use in a role different from the usual or original one, adopt (an idea or policy) for one’s own use

Narrative: a spoken or written account of connected events; a story. a representation of a particular situation or process in such a way as to reflect or conform to an overarching set of aims or values.

Appalled: greatly dismay or horrify.

Condescension: an attitude of patronising superiority; disdain.

Audacity: a willingness to take bold risks.

Ascribes: regard something as being due to (a cause).


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