The most clarifying, soothing, and socially aware document Ive read on the topic this year. —Lena Dunham, Wall Street Journal Trenchant and timely reflections on persistent inequality between women and men and gender-based violence. —New York Times In her comic, scathing essay Men Explain Things to Me, Rebecca Solnit takes on what often goes wrong in conversations between men and women. She writes about men who wrongly assume they know things and wrongly assume women dont, about why this arises, and how this aspect of the gender wars works, airing some of her own hilariously awful encounters. Writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of sixteen books about environment, landscape, community, art, politics, hope, and memory.