‘Hepeating’ Is the New ‘Mansplaining,’ and We’re Already Over It

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If you’re a woman, chances are you’ve been ‘mansplained’ at least once in your life. You know that thing men do? When they try to explain something to you in terms they think you’ll understand? But are really just trying to assert their “intellectual superiority”? Well, move over mansplainers, there’s a new sheriff in town. ‘Hepeating’ is the new mansplaining, and it’s just as infuriating.

Hepeating is when a woman says something and it’s ignored, but then it’s repeated by a man and suddenly everyone loves it.

Hepeating happens a lot in professional spaces. A woman speaks up at a meeting with a great idea, and meh. But then a male colleague has THE SAME IDEA a few days later, and lo and behold, it’s amazing!

“My boss asked for ideas for next quarter and that asshole in cubicle three totally hepeated me again.”

Nicole Gugliucci opened up quite the dialogue after posting the definition of “hepeating”. Some user were quick to point out that it also applies to people of color.

Another great example: copywhiting!

Other users started chiming in with their version of hepeating. And as Nicole pointed out, it’s a very real phenomenon.

Racial and gender discrimination in the workplace is still an issue many people of color and women face.

While it can be amusing to coin new phrases for these instances, it doesn’t change the fact that they’re a real problem. At this point, if you’re a woman and a man hasn’t done this to you…wait, do such women exist? We doubt it.

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