5 New Feminist Words To Add To Your Glossary

Despite all the bad things that happened, 2017 got street harassment the recognition it deserves. Yes, it does exist. And no, it is not the woman’s fault! Most of the women I know have been the victims of street harassment at some point in their life. While government, societies and people are trying to improve the situation, we know how much work remains to be done. Thus, in the meantime, why not get familiar with some old and new (not so) feminist words that we should all know!

 

1. Mansplaining
No one knows who invented the word. Rebecca Solnit, an American author, is the first one to ever describe that behavior. She wrote a whole essay about it in the New York Times, “Men who explain things“. The Oxford dictionary defines mansplaining as

a man explaining (something) to someone, typically a woman,
in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing.

For example, that influencer who, a few weeks ago, got in touch at work and explained me how to do my job. If he had had a look at our social media, he would have seen that I was already doing everything he had suggested. As a consequence, he did not get his collaboration!

 

2. Manspreading
A term that we are all quite familiar with. It first appeared in a New York City subway campaign. This is typically and most exclusively a male behavior and a Tumblr has even been created to showcase the best cases of manspreading. The Oxford dictionary defines manspreading as

“The practice whereby a man, especially one travelling on public transport,
adopts a sitting position with his legs wide apart,
in such a way as to encroach on an adjacent seat or seats.”

For example, that man that sits just right next to you in the tube and spread his leg, also sometimes his arms, forcing you to squeeze on the side, feeling entitled to any space around and not being considerate of his surroundings.

 

3. Manterrupting
No need to be a genius to see what is going on there. The word comes from the contraction of “man” and interrupting”. Yes, it is very very often used to describe a man. The term came to life back in 2015, used by Jessica Bennett, journalist at the Time, to describe Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift at the MTV awards. The Time describes it as

Unnecessary interruption of a woman by a man.”

For example, Trump interrupting Clinton for no reason during the electoral debate. Or a French female politician being interrupted way more often by the (male) journalists during a debate than her male counterparts.

 

4. Bropropriating
Here again, the word is rather transparent. Brother and appropriating giving birth to bropropriating. What makes it worse is that this attitude is not even always conscious. It is widely spread, especially at work. Social constructs make women gentle, calm, empathic, nice, passive so it is hard to stand for yourself sometimes. The Collins dictionary defines it as

A man taking credit for a woman’s idea.

For example, all these amazing women scientists, researches, doctors, engineers, musicians, painters, artists, singers and so many more who are not in history book so that men could be. A cool initiative in Grenoble, France, takes place every year on the 8th of March, gathering people to create and complete new and old wikipedia pages on women who were silenced by history.

 

5. Manslamming
This is a new one. The word was invented back in 2015 by New-York activist Beth Breslaw, after a real life experience: after trying to push away people on the pavement, she realized men were being oblivious to personal space of those around them and not trying to avoid her while women were. Manslamming is

The behavior that is, on a sidewalk, refusing to yield to a fellow pedestrian such that a collision inevitably ensues.

For examples, that man that jumps into you, almost makes you fall and then yells at you for not looking where you are going.

 

I think it is important for both men and women to be aware of these terms. Women so that they can put a name on what happens to them on a regular basis and can defend themselves. Men so that they can put a name on something they might do and make sure they don’t do it again.

Just to be clear, I am not generalizing here or saying that every single man is like that, no. Absolutely not. I am just giving you words to put on particular pehavior should you come across them.

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Did you know these words already? Which one are new to you? Have you ever faced one of these as a situation?

Thanks for reading. I hope you liked this post.

See you soon,
Love,
Corinne

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8 Comments

  1. February 23, 2018 / 8:45 pm

    As soon as I saw the word ‘Manterrupting’ I could completely identify. I will tell you about a particular situation that made my blood boil, so without naming names further ado. Someone, lets call them ‘N’ constantly makes sexist comments about my gender, and will always interrupt me when I speak. For example when I was having an issue with something and tried to voice my opinion they said ‘let me have a look at it, it is probably because you are a woman’ and kept interrupting me everytime that I tried to voice an opinion that was different to theirs.

  2. February 24, 2018 / 4:02 am

    Thanks for edutaining me with 5 new feminist words and 1 combo word “pehavior” that I will use around my girlfriends. Very interesting.

  3. February 24, 2018 / 1:45 pm

    I hadn’t heard of a few of these but they’re great new additions to my vocabulary. Was also extremely confused when I thought I’d seen this before then went on a major twitter investigation to figure out if I’d actually gone crazy or not. Good luck flying solo! x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

  4. February 25, 2018 / 8:58 pm

    I love the terminology. I was all too familiar with mansplaining (ugh) and have seen YouTube videos documenting manspreading – how rude and gross. The manterrupting, bropropriating and manslamming are all inexcusable as well. I’ll look forward to seeing how much coverage of these issues makes the male-run news headlines during the March 8th Women’s March.
    Women are frequently and gratuitously belittled by male pseudo-journalists. An example: The only two women who raced in the ARCA Lucas Oil 200 race at Datona both finished in the top ten. Natalie Decker finished 5th and Leilani Munter finished 8th. So what did the male run news outlets headlines say? After naming the male winner of the race their headlines referenced mansplainer Fain Skinner being critical of Leilani Munter’s driving.
    P.S.: You look fabulous in your outfit photos. Best wishes for March 8th!

  5. February 27, 2018 / 2:20 pm

    Haha this is a brilliant post! Excellent terminology. I think we can all relate to some of these xxx

  6. February 28, 2018 / 12:42 am

    This post is so badass I love it. The only word I’ve heard of is the ‘Mansplaining’ one, which omgosh, I’m sick of in everyday life. I love your posts, and look forward to seeing more lovely! Monica @ http://www.thewongblog.com

  7. March 2, 2018 / 2:23 pm

    I definitely need to start using “Bropropriating” more as a word in everyday life! xx

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  8. huda
    March 6, 2018 / 1:04 pm

    This was very interesting to read and I can now add these new words to my dictionary! I actually haven’t heard of most of these so it was a great read! xx

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