A few years ago, after I got dumped by my ex, I went through all the reasons why I wasn't a good enough boyfriend. One of the biggest takeaways was that I didn't listen enough and went on silly, meaningless tangents when I spoke.
So, everytime I had a conversation with someone after that, I tried my best to keep my mouth shut and just listen. I tried to become super cognizant of interrupting them, because that's hella annoying.
After practicing this for a while, I noticed that I got a lot more out of conversations, and it didn't just become an endless monologue from my end of meaningless drivel. I learned something about the other person I was talking to, and, (cue the Lifetime inspirational music), I learned something about myself in the process, too. Now when I look back at the interactions I've had with people, especially women, I came off as hyperactively annoying, but I also had a tendency to mansplain a lot of things, too.
women, what's the most infuriating thing you've had mansplained to you?— Tracy Clayton (@brokeymcpoverty) March 21, 2017
So when Tracy Claton went on Twitter to ask people what the most infuriating thing they ever had mansplained to them was, there were tons of responses.
But that's a whole other can of worms.