I have been working in the fishing industry for many years and about once a month I get a message or an email asking my opinion on the wording of something, a photograph or if I think a post could post be offensive. Most time's it is well-meaning guys who want to be doing the right thing and occasionally is a Women who is upset about something.
Well I recently received a call from a long-time acquaintance, Lyubaka, who is an avid angler and a You Tuber (lyubakavideo). He preceded to tell me that he recently was invited to go fishing by a woman from Kanas. His truck driving job allows him to travel and he always packs a fishing rod and hopes to wet a line. His paths crossed with a gal, and he joined her to fish her spot for catfish.
He filmed the fishing and later watched the video. Lyubaka stated " I wanted to punch myself in the face" after seeing how condescending he was to the lady. At one point he even reached over to further adjust the drag while she was fighting a fish. ( see picture )
His behavior on the video shocked him, and he did not realize how he was acting. We decided to do the podcast and have a discussion about it. Many times those mansplainers have good intentions, and seeing it from the outside looking in, gives it a whole new perspective. As an angling educator, this caused me to look in the mirror and see if I could have been a "womansplainer". It got me thinking......have I???? all in all a good lesson and a good reminder to not make assumptions about what you think other people may or may not know. They might just surprise you. - Barb Carey