Hearing "Actually..." Too Often? Swedish Women Can Now Call the Mansplaining Hotline

Being on the receiving end of mansplaining can be a frustrating experience, but you don't always have someone to vent to about it — at least not without the risk that they'll respond by mansplaining mansplaining to you. But fortunately, Swedish women now have a team of sympathetic listeners.

The Swedish union Unionen opened a mansplaining hotline on Monday, and it'll be available daily from 10am to 4pm for women who have had it with patronizing treatment in the workplace. The hotline's respondents will include a wide range of people, from scientists to politicians to comedians, to help the complainant decide what to do next.

The purpose of the line, a Unionen representative told "The Independent," is "putting your finger on the small everyday problems which become large when they stack up." The organization views mansplaining as any situation when "a man explains something to a woman without being asked, particularly something which she might already know more about than the man."

Unionen believes mansplaining leads to concrete disadvantages for women in the workplace. Studies suggest that women do spend less time speaking in meetings and get interrupted more, which creates a situation where their voices aren't heard.

Now, we only need a Mansplainers Anonymous hotline for sexists to get help changing their ways.

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