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Mansplaining Hotline

This Hotline Is Trying to End Mansplaining 1 Phone Call at a Time

Ladies, here's something you didn't know you needed: a mansplaining hotline.

In Sweden (naturally), the Unionen trade union has created a hotline where workers can report "mansplaining" — instances where men explain things to women in a condescending tone. (See: Jimmy Kimmel mansplaining to Hillary Clinton.)

"Our objective is to contribute to awareness and start a discussion which we hope will be the first step in changing the way we treat each other and talk about each other in the workplace," union spokesperson Jennie Zetterström told The New York Times.

So far, workers have called to ask for advice on what to do when they feel disempowered by male colleagues, how to help female co-workers when they're being overlooked, and how to address men who only take other men seriously or who take credit for women's work. Phone lines are being answered by gender experts, feminist politicians, comedians, and scientists, according to The Independent.

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In response to critics of the hotline who've called it sexist, Zetterström told The Times: "Our intention has never been to point fingers or blame all men, our intention has simply been to spark an interest and start a debate at our work places and in society."

The bad news? The hotline is only temporary, and will close after this week. But maybe, hopefully, it'll serve as inspiration and bring awareness to work spaces around the world.

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