Buddy & Me: Way Up North

the explanation of something by a man,
typically to a woman,
in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing.

To be fair (as TV hosts of political shows say these days just before making the case for the opposing side from the speaker just as if they were partisan participants instead of, you know, journalists), anyway, to be fair, explaining something in a condescending or patronizing way is not by any means limited to men explaining to women.

But the other ways don’t have such a cute name or their own flowchart, so here we are.

And here’s the next instalment of the virtual book launch for Buddy & Me.


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8 Responses to Buddy & Me: Way Up North

  1. John Whitman says:

    Isabel – I haven’t finished reading all of Buddy and Me yet. That’s because I want to take my time and savour all those old memories, 

    I have read enough to say that Buddy and Me reminds me of my time as a field troop commander. Whenever the troops were up to their waist in the waters of the Danube during a river crossing bridging exercise or knee deep in mud while fixing a broken track on an armoured personnel carrier, someone would always say, “If you can’t take a joke, you shouldn’t have joined.”

    The same comment sort of applied at times to life in Proposal Land IMHO.

  2. Dave Jobson says:

    “Gobbledygook” a comment I have put on students papers. I do not know where I got the term from but it just jumps out when a certain level of incoherent babble is reached.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Dave – Hahaha. Yes, it’s easy to veer into gobbledygook when you don’t actually know what you’re speaking/writing about. I had no idea of its origins either, but one site suggests it originated in the USA in the 194s, possibly to imitate a turkey’s gobble.

  3. Jim Taylor says:

    I recommend following the link to Kim Godwin’s flowchart https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20180727-mansplaining-explained-in-one-chart on man-splaining, It’s both informative and insightful.
    Jim T

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Jim – 🙂 I especially like the box labelled “Did you ask if she needed it explained?”

  4. This episode is one of my favourites from your delightful memoir. However, it also provides the perfect platform for one of your graceful “information moments.” You must have had a barrel of them! I’m not sure what “man-splaining” should be called when the smug male becomes the object of correction but I’m working on it. I have many opportunities for practice although I live in isolation befitting a cloistered nun.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Laurna – 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it. I’ll have to think about the new coinage required . . .

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