Rebecca Solnit (born 1961) is an American writer. She has written on a variety of subjects, including feminism, the environment, politics, place, and art.
Solnit was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to a Jewish father and Irish Catholic mother, and she grew up in Novato, California. Talking about her childhood life Rebecca said: "I grew up in a really violent house where everything feminine and female and my gender was hated."
When she was 17, she went to study in Paris. She returned to California to finish her college education at San Francisco State University. She then received a master's degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley in 1984 and has been an independent writer since 1988.
Solnit has worked on environmental and human rights campaigns since the 1980s. She has an interest in climate change and the work of 350.org and the Sierra Club, and in women's rights, especially violence against women.
Her writing has appeared in numerous publications in print and online, including the Guardian newspaper and Harper's Magazine, where she is the first woman to regularly write the Easy Chair column founded in 1851. She was also a regular contributor to the political blog TomDispatch and is (as of 2018) a regular contributor to LitHub.
In 2010 Utne Reader magazine named Solnit as one of the "25 Visionaries Who Is Changing Your World". Her The Faraway Nearby (2013) was nominated for a National Book Award, and shortlisted for the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award.
Solnit is the author of seventeen books as well as essays in numerous museum catalogues and anthologies.
Men Explain Things to Me, a collection of short essays on feminism, including one on the phenomenon of "mansplaining." Solnit has been credited with paving the way for the coining of the word "mansplaining, " which has been used to refer to instances in which men explain things (generally toward women) in a condescending and/or patronizing way.
Through the book, Rebecca Solnit explains what often goes wrong in conversations between men and women. She wrote about men who wrongly assume they know things and wrongly assume women don’t, about why this arises, and how this aspect of the gender wars works, airing some of her own hilariously awful encounters.
She ends on a serious note— because the ultimate problem is the silencing of women who have something to say, including thinking fast and slow those saying things like, “He’s trying to kill me!”
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