Unionen, Sweden’s largest union with over half-a-million of workers, has launched a dedicated hotline for women to report mansplaining from their male coworkers.
The hotline will operate from 10 am to 4 pm for one week and is supposed to highlight discrimination and lack of equality in the workplace. “By paying attention to mansplaining we hope to encourage interest in discussing gender equality and discrimination,” says Marina Aman, the union’s deputy vice-president in statement.
For those women who don’t know what mansplaining is, the worker’s organization defines it as “when a man explains something to a woman without being asked, particularly something which she might already know more about than the man.”
The hotline campaign, advertised on the union’s Facebook page unleashed a strong reaction. And unsurprisingly it was mostly from men, who felt that the campaign is targeted against them.
“Just what we need in society, more polarization. And people wonder why right-wing populism is on the rise. You. Are. Retarded,” one user wrote.
“Feminists mansplain me all the time,” was another comment.
Others defended the campaign, however. “Good initiative. Judging by the comments, it seems quite a lot of men feel this is aimed at them, so it shows how much this kind of work is needed.”
“It is obviously not that all men expose women to mansplaining all the time,” explained the union. “It would be an absurd assertion. But enough women are affected for that to be a problem that needs to be highlighted, discussed and solved.”