Kim Goodwin is a consultant and best-selling author of Designing for the Digital Age. She also served as vice president of design and general manager at Cooper, an “award-winning design and business strategy consultancy.”
Kim recently added “viral Twitter sensation” to her impressive resume after she posted a flow chart explaining “mansplaining”.
Goodwin made the chart when she got tired of male colleagues asking if their behavior could be categorized as “mansplaining.”
I have had more than one male colleague sincerely ask whether a certain behavior is mansplaining. Since apparently this is hard to figure out, I made one of them a chart. pic.twitter.com/7DZ1RTrB3R
— Kim Goodwin (@kimgoodwin) July 19, 2018
The chart first asks its male readers, “Did she ask you to explain it?” If the answer is “yes,” the flow chart directs the concerned party to the answer, “Not mansplaining.”
As expected, the journey to “mansplaining” is much more complicated. Curious men can find themselves at three different degrees of mansplaining: “Probably mansplaining,” “Definitely mansplaining,” and “Just stop talking now.” These various levels are appropriately colored in yellow, orange, and red, respectively. Just two scenarios lead readers to the coveted answer of “not mansplaining,” which is colored in a friendly green.
The chart, which was originally posted this summer, has acquired nearly 124,000 likes and more than 50,000 retweets.
Several viewers recalled personal experiences where the chart would have come in handy.
Love the chart. A personal anedocte: since I came out at work, as a nonbinary transfeminine person (so non male), I got mainsplained more than once. For the previous 5 years there, never. And no, my expression didn't change.
— Mar Gonçalves (@opgoth) July 21, 2018
Arh, but what you fail to see….
No, wait, you're right. I'll get my hat.
As a Disabled person I understand how this can feel as I regularly get non-disabled people tell me what I need, how I should feel or what would "cure" me. My lived experience is nothing.
— Mik Scarlet (@MikScarlet) July 21, 2018
After a full on ten pin bowling match once, my very good male friend was telling me how to hold and throw the ball. I said, “You do know I beat you?” Turned and walked off.
— Nicky Roberts (@Zippynik) July 21, 2018
Most viewers were amazed by Goodwin’s simple explanation, as well as her eagerness to sincerely illustrate the issue.
This was so good and could be legitimately helpful to so many and I stupidly looked at the replies to see people congratulating you and can’t believe how far I had to scroll to get past all the sexists making terrible arguments.
You did wonderful work!
— MehGyver (@AndrewNadeau0) July 21, 2018
Isn't it just heartbreaking that FORTY SEVEN THOUSAND of us think this chart is useful enough to retweet it… :-/ But hurrah for little steps to beating #everydaysexism
ps: I'll also print a copy to have handy. Thanks!
— Sarah Cornell (@SarahLizCornell) July 22, 2018
Lol at all the mansplaining in the mentions of your tweet about mansplaining 😳🤦🏽♀️😂I admire your patient replies @kimgoodwin & your commitment to not just throwing a cartoon anvil at them & being done with it 👏🏽 .Followed 😊.
— Natasha Guttenbeil (@tashinja) July 21, 2018
This is 🔥. Shared it with my colleagues at @womenjournos where the topic comes up in conversation quite a lot. Thank you for doing this. Now I've gotta go laminate it, along with the @justinemusk hilarious one about "25 Badass Ways to Say 'No.'" https://t.co/A0n9A5WlIM
— Lily Casura 👩🏻💻 📚☕️ (@lilygc) July 22, 2018
I can't believe you're taking the time to try to explain the situation to all the men that threw a hissy fit over this. A true goddess among us. Bless.
— cowboy tanaka (@birdlaced) August 1, 2018
YES THEY REALLY DO NEED A CHART!
— V (@VangelaValerie) July 21, 2018
It just occurred to me that my “pet peeve” of “people explaining the obvious to me” throughout my career has in fact been mansplaining. Every single time. Amazing.
— spike (@notthatspike) July 22, 2018
Thank you, Ms. Goodwin, for explaining what so many could not seem to grasp.