Memorizing Phone Numbers
We’re quite glad not to have to memorize phone numbers, honestly. Some people were really good at it, but most of us had those fancy flip-up record books that we kept next to the landline. Now that you have a minimum of 10 digits to remember, good golly, isn’t it a relief we have cell phones to store them all?
Of course, it’s important to remember the most essential numbers, like your own! You have no idea how many people don’t know their own digits! Partners, children, parents, best friends, all these people’s numbers should be at least ingrained in your memory. You never know when an emergency will strike and you won’t have your phone nearby.
Using Rotary Phones
Watching kids today look at these phones in utter confusion is quite hilarious! They were so simple, and the noise as the dial returned was quite unique. Ah, memories!
Of course, it took ages to actually dial a number, and button phones very quickly became all the rage when they were invented. Plus, if you had a manicure, there was NO WAY you were going to stick your finger in that hole! Pens worked well in that instance, though.
Once a year, the phone company would print a book listing every client’s home or business number and deliver it around said clients’ homes. Everything was listed in alphabetical order for ease of use.Those phone books were so thick that, sometimes, people had strength competitions to see if they could tear one in half!
It wasn’t an easy feat then, but it probably is now. Phone books, if they’re still around, are so thin because very few people have landlines these days. Plus, you can just Google any phone number you might need.
Sewing at Home
As far as we’re concerned, sewing is a skill best left to those who were born with it! Clothing was very expensive in the old days, so making your own was something you had to do.
Thankfully, times are better, and dressmaking can be left up to the professionals who can work their magic and be paid for it. Although, sewing on a button should be something we should all know, right?
Posting Seasonal Cards
Christmas, birthdays, travel postcards, it was always exciting to get a card in the mail, especially if there was a crisp note inside for you! With the internet, though, it’s just easier to send a wish online.
Plus, if you want to add a gift, there are places like Amazon that will do it all for you. We don’t know about you, but we would love to get a Christmas card. Then again, it might get lost in the mail…
Reading a Map
Summer vacation coming up? Wanting to attempt a road trip? Well, get out your maps and compass because that’s how Boomers used to travel! Yes, those huge pieces of cartography would be well-worn with all the new folds by the time the destination was reached.
Consider yourselves very lucky to have all of that and more on your phone or even built into your car. You can find a gas station very easily now. Back then, you would have to plan your route to each stop or pray you’d find one along the way.
Using an Encyclopedia
If you walked into someone’s house and saw the entire Encyclopedia Britannica on a shelf, you would think — no, know — that the residents in this house were wealthy. They were a set of so many books, all filled with facts and information about anything and everything.
You’ve seen the meme: be nice to your Boomers because they grew up without Google. Yeah, they had super heavy books to search through for stuff. Hey Google, where can we pick up some Encyclopedias?
Reading a Newspaper
Once upon a time, most newsworthy information was relayed via printed newspaper, and if the news were especially important, newsboys (boys who sold newspapers) would stand on a little box and shout the headlines to get people to buy the paper.
With everything moving online and being reported at a rapid rate, it makes sense that printed newspapers are, perhaps not obsolete yet, but are certainly not as popular. Why would you spend money on news that was online yesterday?
Using Print Dictionaries
Again, the internet has taken over this tool. While some schools do insist that students have a paper dictionary, opening your browser window and Googling is just so much quicker and simpler.
Of course, having an actual dictionary with you while playing Scrabble is vital because you need to make sure Grandpa isn’t making up that word over the triple letter! And you know Grandpa won’t want confirmation of his cheating from a phone or computer!
Writing in Cursive
Cursive is such an art and very pretty to look at, especially if done neatly. Of course, now you have all those fancy fonts at your fingertips through your computer, but it’s just not the same.
We think it’s pretty sad that schools no longer deem this skill necessary to teach. Yes, it’s not as important as Math or English, but it’s a nice skill to have regardless.
Using Library Card Catalog
In the olden days (less than 15 years ago), if you had a project or assignment to do and you didn’t have access to those expensive Encyclopedia Britannicas, your best option was to visit your local library.
All books within a library are cataloged, and a card was made up for each one and placed inside a cabinet consisting of a lot of super-long drawers. You would search for the card like you would search Google, which would give you the book number, and then you would go and find that book.
Changing Your Oil
Cars need regular maintenance, and even more so back in the day. There weren’t that many mechanics around, so if you owned a car, doing the maintenance fell on your shoulders.
This is one thing we’re glad has changed. Changing your car’s oil is a messy business, and who wants to do it anyway when there are people you can pay to do it for you?
We won’t lie, this one makes us feel very old. We’ve never driven an automatic, and yet, here we are, being told driving stick is out of fashion!
But perhaps we should look at it positively instead, as we have a skill that people are losing or won’t have anymore. We’ve been informed that automatic is the way to go, and it would seem so if the car manufacturers are anything to go by.
WHY?! Why are we losing the battle for correct grammar?! This just makes us sad. Yes, we know, texting is the way things are done today, and texting is quick and to the point. But that shouldn’t come at the expense of using good grammar, does it?
We are, however, super grateful that sentences like this never took hold: “Any1 4 a nawti nite at the club?” Even if you have to use emojis, please never ever write like that!
Balancing Your Checkbook
Since we’re talking about obsolete Boomer life skills, we could even just say “write a check” here because checks are really out of date! So many countries have done away with them! Balancing a checkbook is definitely a thing of the past, as most people do all their transactions online.
At least most people we know. If your Granny is still writing checks, maybe take her under your wing and show her the simpler life. She will thank you for it — or might not if she’s stuck in those old ways.
Meeting your significant other these days is done online. It’s quite rare to meet someone face to face and ask them out on a date.
You just have to open your phone’s app store, and you’ll see numerous dating apps to download, promising you’ll find your soulmate amongst their users. It’s not only dating apps; people meet on all sorts of social media platforms, too, and decide, “hey, you’re my person — let’s get together.”
Let’s be honest; ironing is the worst household chore EVER! We’re so happy that clothing material has improved to the point where you simply wash, dry, and fold, and that’s the end of it.
Back then, ironing clothes for any type of function was a must, and some clothes had to be ironed in a specific way. Shirt collars had to be crisp and perfectly starched. Dresses and slacks had to be crease-free. This is one we think the Boomers don’t mind losing.
With social media the way it is, we’re connected to old friends and family more than ever. For people we would write a letter to, we can simply drop a line via Facebook.
Even if letter writing was still a thing, it’s just a waste of time and effort to place it in an envelope, write the address, add a stamp and post it when you can type something up and email it. But, perhaps once in a while, it would be lovely to receive a nice letter. Not a bill, Mr. Postman, a letter. Thank you.
Using a Fax Machine
Back in the day, businesses and some homes had a second phone line connected to a fax machine, where documents would be sent. You would place a document in the feeder, dial the number, and the feeder would copy the document, and a facsimile of the document would come out on the other side.
It’s pretty obvious why this has become obsolete. Email, instant messaging, and all these things are just so much easier and better today, thanks to the evolution of technology.
Using an Analogue Camera
Ooh, what a pretty sunset! Grab your phone, open the camera, press the button, and presto! You have a pic of your sunset. Before things went digital, getting that perfect sunset shot was no simple task! You had to buy a roll of film, open the back of the camera, carefully and quickly insert the film (because if you exposed the film, it was ruined), wind it, and then you were ready to take that shot. By then, the sun had probably already set.
On top of that, you had to wait until the film was full before taking it to a specialized developer to get your pictures. Only then would you see if your sunset came out correctly, and more often than not, it didn’t. These days you get to take 100 shots and can pick and choose which one would be your new Facebook cover picture.
Getting Up to Change the TV Channel
Remote controls for the TV were every kid’s breath of fresh air. It meant they no longer had the job of getting off the couch and changing the channel when Dad got bored with the news and wanted to watch football.
That said, Dad had control of the remote, and you could probably guarantee it would get lost in the recliner at some point. In which case, it became your job again to find it. Things are so much easier today.
Calling the Phone Operator
Back in the early days of landlines and home phones, you couldn’t just call your friend. You had to call an operator (as in an actual human) who would physically connect you to them.
These days we just ask our phones to call whomever we need to chat with, so in a way, we still have an operator. Her name is either Siri or Hey Google, depending on your phone.
Some things are better left in the past. Like this one where everything, and we mean everything, that could be put in a Jell-O was put in a Jell-O!
You’re probably thinking of fruits and sweet things, but you would be wrong. Things like celery and cucumbers also ended up in Jell-O. It was a bizarre time, we won’t lie. Pretty but bizarre.
Using a TV Aerial
You know when you’re camping, and there’s no signal on your phone, and you’re crying to your parents because you can’t call your boyfriend/girlfriend? Yeah, that happened with TVs too!
Yup, those old massive boxes with a screen required an aerial to receive a signal so we could watch Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. Sometimes, to improve that signal, the aerial would be wrapped in tin foil!
Using a Typewriter
Typing is a necessary skill as we all use keyboards today, but before those keyboards were attached to PCs, they were an all-in-one machine called a typewriter.
A ribbon was placed inside, and it lay against a crisp sheet of paper. As you hit a key, a hammer with that letter would bang against the ribbon, leaving an imprint on the paper. Making a mistake was frowned upon because there was no such thing as a whiteout, and you would have to start over.
Looking Through the Sears Catalog
Who remembers flicking through the crisp pages, drooling over all the new items Sears had in store? No, we neither, but we can imagine it elicited much excitement. Sears had it all, watches, clothing, baby wares; you name it! It was the department store for everything you could ever need, and you could order via the catalog too!
What a dream! Sadly the company went bankrupt, but not before being replaced by similar mail-order companies. Although no longer mail-order, online ordering is the new way to buy things, so as much as Sears is no more, they remain a trendsetter.
Math. Yes, we hear your collective groan, and we agree. But Boomer cashiers needed to know math and how to calculate change in their heads. Cash registers didn’t have built-in calculators like they do today.
Adding up all the items, adding tax, taking your money, working out the change, and all in a matter of seconds, because time is of the essence. Thank goodness for calculators on our phones now!
Planting Veggies by Moon Phases
Yes, moon phases. While planting veggies in your backyard is encouraged, doing it by following the phases of the moon has faded into insignificance. Perhaps rightly so, as there’s really no scientific data to support the theory that your vegetables will grow better.
However, you did become more aware of Nature and her nightly loveliness. An added bonus was that nighttime gardening had a better result than any expensive “mindfulness spa.” We think we’ll stick to seasonal gardening, though.
Using Cassette Tapes
Remember on the weekends when we listened to the Top 40 on our favorite radio station, holding our finger over the record button, waiting for the DJ to stop speaking so we could catch and record the latest songs on cassette? Yeah, those were the days. It was a proper skill to get the song without any interruption from the DK or an ad!
These days we can simply open an app on our computer or phone and search for our song of the moment. Gone are the days when you’d have tape cases filled with “playlists.” Now they’re so easy to create!
We can’t talk about cassette tapes and not mention VHS tapes! Going to your local video rental and renting the latest movies was a great family activity on the weekend!
This, young readers, was also the original Netflix and Chill! So don’t give the Boomers in your life a hard time – they didn’t have it easy to pick a movie for a quiet at-home date night. They also had to REWIND said movie before returning it!
Now, this was a skill! You’ve heard it said that people need to keep the minutes of meetings? Well, in the old days, the way they recorded those minutes was by writing everything down. Yes, we know what you’re thinking. Writing everything down in a meeting with more than five people would be quite challenging, and it was.
So shorthand was invented. Shorthand was a language of symbols and helped secretaries keep track of important meetings. They would later type these out using a typewriter. Nowadays, people can easily record meetings on their phones.
Do you remember the days when you would answer your phone with your telephone number? To this day, we have no idea why we did this, but we suspect it was in case the person calling had dialed the wrong number.
Still, today some people don’t even say hi or bye. It’s most frustrating! Granted, today, anyone in your contacts calling you would appear on the screen, and you would answer accordingly. But not saying bye before you hang up? That’s just rude!
Using Fine China
Now, this isn’t to say Fine China is completely obsolete. Quite the contrary. If you’re someone who enjoys fancy dinner parties, you’re probably someone who has Fine China amongst their crockery.
Back in the day, when young Boomers got married, one of the first things they did was get a fancy Fine China set. Dinner parties were a measure of your standing in society, and the better the China, the higher your standing. We’re glad it’s not a thing nowadays; man, that stuff is expensive!
Putting Up Wallpaper
Wallpaper is actually so pretty, but it’s quite a hassle to put up. You have to get the right paste, make sure you’re putting enough paste on the sheet, and then, with the pasty wallpaper sheet with a mind of its own, attempt to stick it against the wall so that it’s perfectly aligned with the rest of the wallpaper.
These days, painting is just so much quicker and easier if you’re doing it yourself. If you want a wallpapered room or accent wall, it’s just better to call in those experts who are Boomers or who have been taught by Boomers how to properly place wallpaper.
Using Home Shopping Channels
Boomers had the Sears Catalog, but they also had home shopping channels. If you didn’t feel like going to the store, or you didn’t have access to some stores, shopping on your TV was where you went.
You would see something you liked, pick up your phone (definitely a landline), call the number on the screen and place your order and pay by credit card. So much easier today, isn’t it? Especially when some things can be delivered on the same day!
In the early days of the internet, we were all introduced to Yahoo! This was the biggest and best search engine and email platform of the time, and the Boomers in your life might still be using it.
Most of us have moved over to Google and Gmail, but we all know some Boomers who refuse to change and stick with what they know. Although, when needing answers, “Yahoo it” doesn’t roll off the tongue quite as nicely as “Google it.” Sorry, Yahoo!
Installing Shag Carpets
Shag carpets were all the rage for perhaps 10 years, and, thankfully, they disappeared forever. Well, mostly disappeared. They may feel soft and cozy and welcoming in the colder months, but the maintenance on those things just makes them horrible.
These days, there’s underfloor heating, which allows you to have any type of flooring in your home that you want. So, just stick to a nice, low-maintenance area rug from now on.
Placing Toilet Seat Covers
Oh, joy! Grandma made us another toilet seat cover! Can you think of anything more gross?! Sure, like the shag carpets, it might feel cushy on your tushy, but what happens when an accident happens?!
Ugh, just the thought of the men in your life missing makes us want to gag! Sorry, Grandma, we’ll stick with the uncovered seat we have; thanks.
Record players and vinyl records were the way you listened to music before CDs arrived in the ’80s. Vinyl records and their players were often considered an aesthetic piece of your decor. You even had special cabinets for your records.
Sadly, these records were easily damaged, and you really had to look after them if you wanted to keep them around. They’re making a big comeback, though, which is great to see, even if it is at a price.
Typing on a Phone
We all text these days, but when cell phones first appeared, they had keypads that weren’t on the screens. You really learned how to type on those old phones! See if you can decipher this: 444026066 666802022666 666 633777 (spaces are just between letters in the same word).
Today you just have to press the key once, and the phone can usually pick up what you’re trying to say. Although autocorrect has been known to get us into trouble… (Answer: “I am not a boomer”)
Using Bar Soap
Bar soap is seriously old school and, well, just gross. With all the shower gels, hand wash, and body wash around, bar soap is really obsolete. Well, it should be, in our opinion!
We get it, times are tough, and bar soap is cheap, but it also gets messy and ugly after a while. Especially if you leave it dirty; talk about a bacteria collector!
40+ Times Women Were Mansplained At Work
It happens every day to women across the globe in almost every industry! What is it? Mansplaining! For some reason, there are men out there who feel that they need to explain certain things to the women around them and in their lives… Even if the woman doesn’t ask for an explanation. Don’t believe us? Here are a couple of times women were mansplained at work to show just how ridiculous it can be.
You Don’t Say
It is a big thing when, at your first job, you are asked to collaborate on a project with your boss. But when you are the person that comes up with the idea to solve the problem of the project, that makes you even prouder.
Unfortunately for this young woman, her boss wanted to take credit for the idea. And he felt that he needed to explain to her the idea that she had, in fact, came up with. That had to be frustrating!
It Is Pronounced Like This
With the colonial immigration of the past, many people have developed different ways of saying the same name. That means that from country to country, there may be some different pronunciations.
So, if someone tells you that you’re pronouncing their surname wrong, instead of rudely correcting them as this man did, rather listen and adapt your pronunciation. After all, it’s their name! No one knows better than them. Right? Yeah, we know we are.
When you work in a specialty store, you learn a lot of key skills. These skills are developed specifically for that niche. So when you’ve been working there a while, it can be very frustrating when a customer tries to tell you how to do your job.
But karma is a thing, and for this woman who was mansplained by a customer, she finally got her moment of glory when that same customer came back complaining that the product doesn’t work appropriately.
Sometimes in certain positions, you have to use the terminology dictated to you… Even if you don’t think it makes much sense. Having someone call you out on this and try to explain to you that the term doesn’t make any sense seems a little redundant.
This woman took her mansplaining in stride and instead used it to create an inspirational poster to remind her of the day she got mansplained through correspondence.
Out of Order
Unfortunately, some men just don’t believe women understand how to deal with mechanical issues and appliances. They think that because it is a machine that they know better than someone who has been working in their position for years.
This woman experienced that very form of mansplaining when she tried to tell her coworker that the tumble dryer was broken. And he just had to see for himself.
Grappling With the Basics
When you’re a videogame designer, you have to learn a lot of interesting things. This is because when you’re making your games, you want every aspect of it to be as real as possible. And that includes tools like a grappling hook.
So when this male coworker sat down with this woman to explain how a grappling hook worked, she knew she was in for some major mansplaining. Even though, he knew that she was fully aware and didn’t need the lecture. How aggravating!
Who Is the Author?
It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to draft policy and procedure manuals for your company. So when you’re asked to do this, it is an honor, but it’s a big task to tackle. We are sure if you do this job that you are pretty well versed in those policies and procedures.
So you definitely don’t need a new hire trying to school you on what you already know so well. At this point, it’s time to speak up and shut down the mansplaining conversation right as it starts.
Let Me Educate You a Little
It’s one thing to be mansplained by an expert, but it’s a whole different story when it comes from someone who knows a lot less than you on the given topic. Such was the case for this woman, who attended colleges in both Germany and the US.
Yet, despite her two degrees, her male counterpart took it upon himself to try to school her about the differences in education. Perhaps he should take his knowledge and give it to someone who cares for it.
Here’s the Deal
The internet is full of information about medical treatments. So many people nowadays feel that they can answer medical questions even without a degree. Kind of just like this gentleman did.
This female nurse must have been pretty annoyed when her patient’s husband decided to explain the procedure, talking right over the top of her. Also, what does an accountant know about surgery? Sir, we think it’s best if you sit down!
Don’t Quiz Me
If someone is known to be really good at something, perhaps just giving them a simple compliment would suffice. But no, this dude had to give this artist a mansplaining version of a compliment which is not the same thing.
Also, who quiz’s someone unless they are your teacher? It’s rather condescending and super annoying all at the same time. In fact, it’s a recipe for disaster and we don’t subscribe to it!
A Silver Lining
One of the most important things to have in any store or office is the correct light. So when something goes out, it is imperative to get an electrician out to solve the problem. Of course, that electrician doesn’t have to be such a smart aleck.
This woman was just trying to help and instead got a course on what a lightbulb was and what it does, which seems like a pretty rudimentary concept. This is why mansplaining is so annoying!
Victim Versus Villain
Being a woman in a male-dominant profession can be a challenge. So for this woman who worked in furniture making, it was bound to happen sooner or later that some man would feel she needed a special explanation of something.
Not only did he explain something to her that she already knew but he did it around a group of people. If you’re going to mansplain, don’t just choose one victim when there’s a whole crowd. You’ll look like a total villain.
But That’s My Job
Sometimes mansplaining happens when a male colleague doesn’t realize what exactly you do for the business. That seems to be the case in this situation because this gentleman felt he didn’t need to send invoices for payment.
So he took the time to explain this to his female counterpart, who was pretty confused… Seeing as how she had been sending and receiving invoices every day for the last four years.
Are You Kidding?
Sometimes there comes a moment in time when you genuinely believe that the person lecturing you is joking. When you find out that they’re not, you can either laugh it off or get quite upset.
We’d probably be the latter if someone tried to lecture us on an Excel spreadsheet that we had created ourselves. We can’t believe that this woman listened for a whopping 45 minutes. We would have lost our marbles!
Don’t Teach the Teacher
Teaching students about human anatomy is an essential process as they begin to either become doctors or nurses. Many times skilled nurses will also be enlisted to teach these students. But for some reason, not all male students have respect for them.
Why else would this man feel the need to interrupt a qualified professional while she is teaching and try to mansplain something to her? This male student deserves a time-out so that he can think about his disrespectful behavior.
Let Me Help You
Sometimes in customer service, the mansplaining doesn’t necessarily come from male coworkers but rather the customers themselves. Just ask this woman who was having a bit of a problem with her computer.
We don’t know about you, but we’d be pretty irritated if a customer leaned over the counter and tried to help us with our computer issues… Especially in this scenario since he same thing that she had just done!
Here’s the Rundown
When we first started reading this story, we were sure that the guy was just trying to be genuinely nice. That was until we got to the part where she was trying to tell him that she already knew how to do it.
This is a perfect example of someone not paying attention and feeling that because their coworker was a female, they needed special explanations so that they could do the job right.
Let Me Show You Something
Being asked by a friend to help them out doing something you’ve been doing for years is a nice pat on the back. This would make it seem like they really trusted your skills and knew that you could do a good job.
But for this accountant, it turned into a frustrating mansplaining moment. It seems like going over the books, she found some errors. And because of this, her male counterpart felt he needed to put her in her place by explaining to her a simple concept of accounting.
There are a lot of intricate rules and guidelines when it comes to the law. So we can understand how sometimes there are aspects of the law that have to be consistently checked to ensure that lawyers are doing the right thing.
But we’re sure, like with any other career, that certain key things are very simple and always prevalent in the lawyer’s mind. This boss, however, felt that he had to mansplain some of these core principles… Even telling his female associate to Google it.
I’m the Medic
It’s one thing to be mansplained by someone within the industry. But when you have to put up with this from somebody who hasn’t even gone to school for what you do, that becomes even more frustrating.
We are sure that this nurse, who has probably taken thousands of blood samples, can get pretty irate when patients stop to remind her that she needs to put the needle in the vein to get blood.
Preaching to the Choir
As times change, so too does marketing. Every generation responds differently and needs different cues to be enticed by something. So what might sell for those from the generation X population will most definitely not work for the millennials.
Having baby boomers explain to you as a millennial woman what a millennial woman would want is an outstanding example of mansplaining. But it seems like the joke is on them.
Mind Your Business
Women’s bodies do a lot of amazing things, and if you’re a woman, you tend to know your own body. Things like what size feminine hygiene products you should use and all of that come to be second nature.
Between women, these conversations go on regularly, but when a male coworker chimes in and tries to mansplain to a woman about what she needs, this becomes a very awkward situation.
One True Anecdote
The subject of women’s rights is a very intricate and broad topic. That is why so many people, especially women, go into college and study it. So when you’re a female that has a degree in this discipline, it might be a little hard to handle a mansplainer.
The fact that this man decided to take this professor to task in front of a whole class to highlight how important men were in the fight for women’s rights is unbelievable and proves why the feminism movement exists.
Here’s the Recipe
There are a lot of offices out there that put together potlucks for holidays and special occasions. Typically this means discussing what each person is going to bring and making a list, so nobody brings the same thing.
This woman was going to bring Frito pie as it was a tradition from where she was from. But when she began describing it, a male coworker thought that he needed to put his two cents in and tell her what it was really made of.
Let Me Break This Down
When you have gone to school and earned a master’s degree, and worked in the field for quite a while, we are sure that you are well-equipt in knowing how everything works. But maybe not everybody will feel that way.
This gentleman felt that he needed to explain Social Security and how it works to this woman who is clearly an expert in her field. How disrespectful can you be!
When you have a degree in something, there is no need for others to quiz you on that topic. Especially when it’s someone who doesn’t know anything about it and needs Google to aid them. These kinds of people fall under our ‘Go Away’ category.
In fact, we would have told this mansplainer to take a hike if we were in this female chemist’s position. It’s amazing how much disrespect and backlash professionals have to endure!
Kick it Up
It is hard for some men to accept that there are combat sports that women not only do but also teach. After all, these backward-thinking men probably think that women should be involved in less aggressive sports like volleyball and golf.
So when this gentleman tried to explain to this highly experienced martial artist how to throw a kick properly, we bet she wanted to demonstrate to him exactly how to throw one. Good on her for practicing the art of resilience.
As someone who is in charge of training the new hires, there must be nothing more excruciatingly annoying than a know-it-all newbie. To all of you out there, we would like to offer some simple suggestions.
When your superior is talking, listen properly and do not interrupt. If you have a question, then raise your hand or ask when they are available. And above all, do not ever try to come across as being overqualified. It’s not a good look!
Having a higher-up employee mansplain something that you do every day, especially when they don’t do it properly, must be a maddening experience. Unfortunately, such was the case for this woman here.
In the end, though, it looks like she got the last laugh as he is no longer part of that company. Sorry, Mr. Mansplain but your time of acting as the boss is up. Go take your unnecessary lectures elsewhere!
It’s rude to stop listening when someone is talking to you, but if that person happens to be mansplaining and a bit of a chauvinist, then we give you full permission to tune out the noise and daydream away.
Otherwise, if you’d prefer to put him in his place, then go right ahead! Like come on, you don’t come into someone else’s home and make them feel uncomfortable in their skin.
Repeat After Me
If someone has suffered from a disease, chances are they know all that there is to know about this condition and are more than capable of advising others about it.
So, if a mansplainer were to come in and inject himself somewhere where he had no business being, we too would have fled the scene before our anger flared up to the point where we’d probably need someone to hold us back.
The Truth About Feminism
Feminism can be a touchy topic when discussed in the wrong crowds. Not every woman is a feminist, but most assuredly, every woman understands what feminism is.
Though it may differentiate between the person in a minute sense in the larger scale of things, the basics are all the same. So having a man try to explain feminism to you as a woman is maybe the most egregious form of mansplaining out there.
You’re Doing it Wrong!
Dealing with an IT department can be frustrating on many different levels. Not only do they often give you simple instructions and assume that it’s going to fix everything, but they also can be very techie and confusing.
But this woman wasn’t confused and had been doing it for a while without error. Yet this IT guy still felt the need to mansplain how to set up Wi-Fi. Do yourself a favor and zip it!
A New Title
There are several steps when it comes to selling a vehicle to someone. One of the most important of these is making sure that the new owner gets the title of the vehicle. Once that has changed hands, you are pretty much done.
But this client decided that they needed a new title after a decade. And when she tried to explain that he could call the DMV for this, he felt the need to mansplain to her the process.
That’s All Wrong
Working in retail is hard enough, but when you work in a sports-related store as a woman, you are bound to run into a few men who don’t believe you know what you’re talking about. That is what this woman went through here.
After discussing everything she knew about how these jerseys were made, the customer then decided to mansplain to her that everything she had been told was wrong.
One of the most important skills to have when working in a marketing company is math. In fact, in most businesses, math is one of the key skills you should have. So when someone asks you an easy sum, and you answer it, you shouldn’t expect them to check your work.
Though this mansplainer just couldn’t help himself and when the female colleague called him out, he assured that he was “just checking.” Well, Mr. Mansplainer 2.0, next time don’t override a professional.
After doing your job for several years and doing it well, having your boss consistently mansplain to you what to do every day must be a killer. Especially if you’re someone who teaches this skill to others in the company.
Sometimes we think these men do this so that they can feel like they know more than you. And other times, maybe they think they’re being helpful but just don’t know how to relay that information.
Thanks but No Thanks!
If this person wants to use a pen and paper to do math instead of a calculator, that is their right. However, it appears that her male coworker didn’t think this was the case and wanted to explain to her all the wondrous things you can do with Excel.
Cue a one-hour mansplain featuring complicated methods that in the end came out to the same outcome as the pen on paper approach. Sometimes it’s really best for people to keep quiet.
But I Already Know
There are just some skills that everyone in this modern age has. One of them is answering a phone. Of course, when it comes to answering a phone in a business, this varies because of the systems and scripts.
But if you’ve been working at a company for any amount of time, you for sure have this down. So why did this manager still take it upon themselves to mansplain? We bet he just couldn’t help himself.
A Man’s Touch
When you work in an industry where you deal with computers or any type of technology, you quickly develop skills that allow you to fix any minor issues that arise. But sometimes, it can take some time and isn’t a quick fix.
So, when this customer came in hot saying that maybe the machine needed “a man’s touch” to actually get fixed, we would have lost our marbles. How disrespectful and demeaning can you get?!
Thanks for Nothing
So a lot of workers that work in supermarkets may not know everything about the department they work in. But most grocery stores give them tools that they can use so that they can make sure they answer all their customer’s questions properly.
For instance, this girl worked at the seafood department, and everything is clearly labeled. Because of this, there was no need for this customer to mansplain to her about each fish.
Do it Like This
Some very intricate setups can be done when trying to combine a laptop and a PC. For the most part, it’s a pretty simple process. And no matter if you have experience with computers, you should be able to do it.
This team director didn’t think that his female coworker could do such a simple thing. So he felt that he needed to explain exactly how to do it. Seems a little like mansplaining to us.
Ruining the Downtime
Often coworkers in their downtime will talk about their hobbies and what they love to do away from work. This is a great way to build rapport. So if someone shares a piece of personal information with you, be cool about it.
Unless this guy who proceeded to explain to his colleague about a game that she had already admitted to playing. If we were the female here, we would have either politely told him to stop talking or just walked away.
That’s Not Right
When you are a woman dealing with a disability, you quickly learn how to manage yourself. No matter the task, you learn how to accommodate it for your own specific needs, and because of this, there should be no need for any man to tell you otherwise.
Unfortunately, this woman ran into a man who took it upon himself to teach her about the laws of physics and how she should actually operate her wheelchair. We think she probably has it as she seems to get around just fine.
A Free Demonstration
During the holiday season, many stores offer gift wrapping. This is to help their customers save a little time and also be able to present their loved ones with perfectly wrapped gifts.
Most of the people behind these tables or counters have been doing this for a while and have a good grasp of it. However, this gentleman did not think so. So he felt that he had the right to go behind the counter to show the girl a better way to do her job.
Times sure are different today than it was when our parents and grandparents were young adults. We hear them talk about walking to school barefoot in four feet of snow all the time, don’t we? While we sincerely doubt they did actually walk that far, they definitely did some things that were common at the time that are completely useless in our current times. Let’s travel through time and see what Boomer things are practically obsolete today.