Hotline Is Set Up For Women Who Feel They've Been "Mansplained" To In the Workplace

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Mansplaining: (of a man) explain (something) to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing.

Now women in Sweden who have things mansplained to them at work can call a complaint into a hotline. Sweden’s largest union, Unionen, wants to hear from women whose “male colleagues give them unsolicited lectures on things they already understand.”

The union represents 600,000 workers. 

The hotline was launched Monday and will operate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day for a week. It is part of a campaign to stop mansplaining, which Unionen said diminishes women, making them appear not as smart as they are. The calls will be manned by gender experts and a group of feminist politicians, comedians and scientists. They will give advice on what each caller can do in their particular situation The group says they just want equality. 

A flood of negative comments have popped up on Unionen's Facebook page. 

“How would women react if you used words like 'old biddy chat' or 'female whining'? Equality can't be won using negative invective, but should be built using mutual respect and partnership. But maybe I'm the only one who thinks so,” wrote Daniel Bergman.

Another guy wrote, “Just what we need in society, more polarization. And people wonder why right-wing populism is on the rise. You. Are. Retarded.”

But a spokesperson for the hotline says, “It is about putting your finger on the small everyday problems which become large when they stack up.”

“The campaign is not intended to single out or add debt to all men. The campaign aims to raise awareness among all of us, regardless of gender, about this phenomenon and hopefully begin a joint change. Everyone benefits that we visualize suppression techniques and talk about them.

“There is a structural problem built into the concept mansplaining that can not be ignored. The Union shares the analysis that mansplaining is more often performed by men and we believe it is important to talk about the problem on the basis of the analysis for us to bring about change…Mansplaining is maneuvering, tricks and suppression techniques designed to put women in their place and thereby consolidate or restore a privileged position…It is obviously not the case that all men expose women to mansplaining all the time. It would be an absurd assertion that lacks reality. But enough women are exposed to enough mansplaining for it to be a problem that needs to be highlighted, discussed and solved.”

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