Sweden Rolls Out Temporary ‘Mansplaining’ Hotline

By Briana White

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Are you sick of having things ‘mansplained’ to you in the workplace? Well the women of Sweden apparently are, which explains why they launched a ‘Mansplaining’ Hotline.”

If you are not familiar with the term, I’ll save you the ‘mansplanation.’ Essentially, the term is a portmanteau that refers to what some men do when they are explaining something — typically to a woman — in an oversimplified or condescending way.

According to CNN, the temporary hotline is an initiative from Unionen, Sweden’s largest workers union that they hope that the will raise awareness and spark debate about workplace sexism.

And while the initiative is in fact raising awareness, according to CNN it is also raising a lot of anger — particularly from men.

Men feel as though the initiative is sexist, but Unionen representatives maintain that the purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness and initiate change, but not to offend anyone.

Twenty people were selected to run the call-center which is available to take calls every day of the week from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

According to CNN, organizers say the hotline has already received over 215 calls and many more comments via social media channels.

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