Funny story: shortly after launching my podcast, I shared the first episode on Facebook. It was an interview about unconscious bias. The first person to comment, a woman I didn’t know, wrote, “You are mansplaining.”
The comment caught me by surprise. What I had shared was an interview with a female executive coach. I asked questions. She answered. I listened. Yet I was being accused of mansplaining.
Then it occurred to me. The person commenting must have thought that I was doing a monologue or being interviewed. A simple misunderstanding that prompted an accusation.
As I wrestled with how to reply, I remembered an old truism: If you can’t think of an appropriate word, invent a new one. So I wrote, “Actually, I’m manquiring. I ask the questions. My female guests do the explaining.”
That’s how things roll in this series.
Except for episode 72. When I asked Hilary Bradbury to talk about #MeToo, she said, “Yes, but on one condition. I want a man to join me.” And so he did.
By the way, my clientele is roughly half women and half men. Learn about working with me.
Here’s the series on Women in Leadership—and a couple short posts with my own take.
The Harvey Weinstein scandal prompted many important conversations about power, privilege, complicity, and shame. Here I weigh in with several observations that complement what I was hearing and stretch it an extra inch.
Fifteen months ago, Sheryl Sandberg‘s book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead came out and took the country by storm. Grounded in research and filled with personal anecdotes, the book sparked a national conversation about power, privilege, and the distribution of responsibilities between women and men in the workplace and at home. Here’s my take.