Beyond Mansplaining: “Hepeating” and Other Ways Voices Are Silenced in the Workplace

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Rebecca Solnit’s term “mansplaining,” as described here, has a new companion: “hepeating.” Samantha Grasso’s recent blog post in The Daily Dot describes it this way:

The term, coined by the friends of Nicole Gugliucci, an assistant physics professor at the University of Virginia, has a pretty simple definition. Hepeating happens when a woman suggests an idea, gets ignored, then has the idea repeated by a man, under which circumstance the idea is absolutely adored.

Grasso also notes ways women of color are affected differently:

Are you a Black woman whose idea was recycled and credited to a white female peer? You’ve definitely been hepeated (or, maybe in this case, she-peated, or as other Twitter users suggested “copy-whited“).

Grasso’s blog includes some wonderful Twitter screenshots and some examples of political hepeating, like in the recent debate on health care. She also provides an example of how to fight back, citing a group of female aides in the Obama administration who decided to come together to fight hepeating: “They began repeating each others’ ideas, giving credit to the originator, and making the idea harder to ignore as a way to ‘amplify’ each others’ voices.” It’s at least one promising approach to a maddeningly persistent problem.

Read Grasso’s full blog on The Daily Dot.