straightsplain

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straight +‎ -splain, after mansplain.

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straightsplain (third-person singular simple present straightsplains, present participle straightsplaining, simple past and past participle straightsplained)

  1. (colloquial, chiefly Internet) To explain LGBT issues, people or behavior to someone who is not of a heterosexual orientation (i.e. an LGBT individual) in a condescending manner, presuming the listener's inferior understanding.
    • 2014 July 2, Rich Juzwiak, “A Field Guide to Straightsplaining”, in Gawker[1], retrieved 2016-10-19:
      There are several different degrees of straightsplaining. That word, inspired by the increasingly common "mansplaining," describes the practice of straight people explaining how gay people are, or what gay people do, or how gay people do what they do, or why.
    • 2016 June 23, Alim Kheraj, “"Let LGBT People Of Colour Speak For Themselves"”, in Refinery29[2], retrieved 2016-10-19:
      What both Longhurst and Hartley-Brewer failed to notice was that, by trying to universalise the incident as an attack on, as they said, “the freedom of all people”, they were attempting to both whitewash and "straight-splain" Orlando.
    • 2016 October 18, Ben Winsor, “Comment: Thank you for straight-splaining the plebiscite to us 'naive' LGBT Australians”, in SBS Sexuality[3], retrieved 2016-10-19:
    • 2016 November 9, Rebecca Shaw, “The plebiscite is dead, hopefully it takes all the straightsplaining with it”, in SBS Comedy[4], retrieved 2017-04-21:
      And now, the plebiscite is dead. And hopefully so is the straightsplaining.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:straightsplain.

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