Hepeating at work: What is it & how can we tackle it?

Hepeating at work: What is it & how can we tackle it?

Women: have you ever voiced an idea which was met with blank stares or a patronising clap on the back, without anything you suggested coming to fruition?

Okay, so maybe it wasn’t a great idea. But isn’t it funny how if a male repeats your idea sometimes it will suddenly gain respect?

Most female workers have been there. And, what can start out as something a little irritating, can manifest into feelings of worthlessness.

Peeved off by the sheer audacity of males appropriating an idea that a female initially proffers, and then seeing males praised as if it was their own, one female has coined a term for it - ‘hepeating.’

The term was created by the friend of astronomer Nicole Gugliucci, who tweeted an explanation of the term which has since retweeted 67,000 – Business Insider reports.

For everyday use, Gugliucci suggests using: "I got hepeated in that meeting again," or, "He totally hepeated me!"

Many women chimed in, saying that they experience this at work and in their social lives.

Others responded that this also happens to BAME people all the time.

‘Hepeating’ adds to a list of innovative words, used to describe condescending behaviour, often displayed by men. For example, ‘mansplaining’ is defined as a man explaining something to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as patronising.  Another is, ‘manterrupting,’ which is, self-explanatory.

To deal with this, according to the Washington Post, women have come up with a prevention strategy called "amplification." This is when women's key points are listened to and repeated in meetings, giving credit to the owner of that idea, with the aim that others in the room remember the contribution and who made it.

Now, if only there was a man to claim ownership of that idea. I'm just going to sit here and wait till they do...

To see how Twitter responded to ‘hepeating’ click next…

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Comments (2)

  • Lesley
    Mon, 2 Oct 2017 12:09pm BST
    Having sat through more than my fair share of boring, male dominated meetings, I can report that this kind of passive aggressive misogyny is alive and well and living in corporate UK. Just so tedious and puerile...
  • Clare
    Wed, 27 Sep 2017 1:22pm BST
    Personally I find women shepeating what other women have just said happens more often....it always strikes me as odd that noone seems to notice either!

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