Surely you’ve heard of the term “mansplain” by now. Heck, you’ve probably had a guy mansplain things to you several times in your life before.
It’s when a man explains something to a woman in a condescending or patronising manner, which shouldn’t be the case at all because 1) he’s assuming you don’t know enough about the subject and 2) even if you don’t know enough about the subject, he should be explaining things to you in a considerate manner.
This means he doesn’t sigh, roll his eyes or talk over you — just basically not treat you like an unintelligent being. And when he does, he’s mansplaining.
Now, there’s a new word you should also know about because it’s also a thing. In fact, it’s next-level.
“Hepeat” is when you share an idea and it goes ignored, but then a man repeats the idea and everyone loves it. Basically, it only gained traction when it was put forth by a man.
Nicole Gugliucci, an astronomer and professor, first used the term on Twitter in September and said that a friend came up with it. The tweet has since been retweeted 68,000 times — a clear indication that hepeating is something that happens to many women.
Women all over the world started to tweet about their own hepeating experiences after. And though it usually takes place at the workplace, many have said that it also happens at home.
While there’s still a lot that can be done about sexist conversational habits, at least now we know how to describe it when a guy hepeats us. Which will make calling him out on it easier.
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