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Twitter User Mansplains Physics To A Female Astronaut 

by Tod Perry

September 9, 2016
via Twitter

Yesterday, NASA astronaut and comparative physiologist, Jessica Meir, tweeted a video of herself in a space equivalent zone 63,000 feet above the Earth’s surface. This altitude is extremely unsafe for human life because the barometric pressure is so low that water begins to boil within the body. Lucky for her, Meir was safe inside a space suit but, as you can see in the video, the water in her beaker boiled furiously. 

After her tweet, a man on Twitter pulled the know-it-all-card and and wrote a very condescending and nit-picky response saying the water boiling wasn’t “spontaneous.” As if this NASA astronaut needed someone to correct her knowledge of science.  

via Twitter

After the know-it-all’s tweet, Dr. Paul Coxon, physicist in materials science at Cambridge University, was quick to point out that this interaction was a perfect example of mansplaining.

According to Lily Rothman of The Atlantic, mansplaining is “Explaining without regard to the fact that the explainee knows more than the explainer, often done by a man to a woman.” Mansplaining implies a lack of respect for the listener and assumes that the female—by virtue of her gender—lacks the man’s intellectual capacity. 

After that, Twitter got after it:


Before deleting his Twitter account, our mansplainer had one last statement on the matter: “Again, I forget how everyone gets offended by everything.” Some guys agreed with him and came to his social media aid. 

 

 

 

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Twitter User Mansplains Physics To A Female Astronaut