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Solnit Redeems Cassandra’s Curse as ‘How To Mansplain 101’ Goes Viral 

Greek mythology tells of a princess named Cassandra, who was so beautiful the god Apollo gave her the gift of prophesy as a love token. When she had the audacity to reject him, he furiously twisted his gift into a curse—no matter how accurate her predictions, no one would believe her. In the August 20 print issue of T, The New York Times Style Magazine, Alice Gregory theorizes that, like many women, Rebecca Solnit inherited the residue of that misogynistic curse, but has successfully broken free from it. Solnit’s brilliant books Men Explain Things to Me—originally a 2008 essay—andHope in the Dark—first released in 2004 after the election of George W. Bush— went largely unrecognized at first, but her semi-prophetic voice has resonated with today’s readers, selling thousands of copies and catapulting Solnit to celebrity status. Lara B. Sharp met her own beer-bellied version of Apollo at the local swimming pool. While she was reading Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me, a man interrupted her in order to… mansplain the concept of the book with ludicrous inaccuracy and finish with a pick-up line. Her Facebook story about the encounter quickly went viral, picking up widespread coverage from Glamour (August 7), Refinery29 (August 6), EliteDaily (August 7), and Revelist (August 7), GirlBoss (August 9), and Washington Post.com (August 9), among others. 


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