Women who have things mansplained to them in the workplace can now report it to a dedicated hotline.
Unionen, Sweden’s largest union, is encouraging members to call up when male colleagues give them unsolicited lectures on things they already understand.
This naturally raises many questions. Let us start with “How does the man know that you already understand it”? Perhaps he is supposed to be a mind reader. Is it mansplaining if one man explains to another man what he already knows? What if the woman thought that she understood it well, but the man adds some information that she did not know? Is this mansplaining?
Perhaps a bigger question is why is it being treated like a crime, with a hotline and all?
The organisation, which represents 600,000 private sector workers, launched the advice line on Monday and said it will be open from 10am to 4pm everyday for a week as part of a campaign to highlight and stamp out the insidious and damaging practice
It is insidious I see. If this is one of your big times problems (as shown by a hotline and all), then perhaps you don’t really have many problems. Or perhaps you are making a fuss about this problem in order to distract from real problems.
For those who might not be familiar with the modern portmanteau, the union defined mansplaining as when “a man explains something to a woman without being asked, particularly something which she might already know more about than the man”.
Once again, are people mind readers?
A study by the American Psychological Association found that men “tend to overestimate their intelligence to a much greater extent than women” and showed that “self-assurance in men grows with age”.
Well, yes, self assurance does grow with age. Men typically through experience know more than they did as young men, with corresponding confidence. Furthermore, many of them exploit the fact that they are no longer under the curve with respect to women in terms of SMP/MMP.
Unionen said the phone line, which will be staffed by a gender expert and a group of feminist politicians, comedians and scientists, is “about equality”.
There is more to the article, but I will leave it right there.
So where is this all headed?