The term mansplaining came from an author who had a man explain her own book to her. Now, men are explaining not just the contents of books … but the act of writing a book itself.
Author Laura Kalbag shared on Twitter on Saturday that her new book Accessibility for Everyone, about the accessibility of websites to users, was coming out soon.
Twitter user Erik Spiekermann responded in the most pedantic way possible.
Actually, you wrote a text. It took a few other people & skills to make that into a book.
— erik spiekermann (@espiekermann) August 18, 2017
“Actually, you wrote a text,” he tweeted at Kalbag. “It took a few other people & skills to make that into a book.”
Kalbag, a first-time author, responded kindly.
Sorry, I’m so new, I’m still learning the correct language. Nothing I wrote, let alone the book, would be worthwhile without other people.
— Laura Kalbag (@laurakalbag) August 18, 2017
But others on Twitter took Spiekermann to task for one of the worst “Actually…”‘s of all time.
More importantly, people on Twitter—including one J.K. Rowling—congratulated Kalbag for her professional milestone.
Congratulations on writing your first book, Laura. Other people edited, copyedited, proofread, printed and bound it. You wrote. Be proud x
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 19, 2017
You absolutely wrote a book. And congratulations on the accomplishment.
— roxane gay (@rgay) August 19, 2017
Erik, you’ve literally just listed writing books as one of the things you do.
Laura has done it too! Congrats Laura, can’t wait to read it👍
— paυl 🐾 (@PaulAnnett) August 19, 2017
Laura, congrats 🍾! Don’t let Eric get to you. There wouldn’t be a book to be made if your hadn’t written the “text.”
— Jason Frostholm (@jfrostholm) August 19, 2017
When J.K. Rowling and Roxane Gay tell you to be proud of your book, you’ve won. Accessibility for Everyone, available soon.