Twitter Just Coined The Term 'Hepeating,' And Offered A Clever Way To Combat It

"Ugh, I got hepeated in that meeting again."

Sometimes it can help to put a name to a common problem in order to more easily recognize and address it in the future. When "mansplaining" and "manterrupting" entered the lexicon, for example, women were given a straightforward way of identifying — and calling out — a form of sexism that many had experienced.

Now, thanks to Twitter, there's a new word we can use to describe an all-too-common issue. It's called "hepeating," and it's when a woman's idea is ignored, only to be repeated by a man and praised. For many women in the workforce, this will definitely sound familiar.


The word was coined by friends of astronomer Nicole Gugliucci. She followed it up by giving a couple of examples, including "Ugh, I got hepeated in that meeting again." Clearly, plenty of people recognized this as a very real problem, as Gugliucci's initial tweet has received tens of thousands of retweets and over 200,000 likes.

Gugliucci made sure to add that this phenomenon can also happen to men of color. "So many folks deny that this happens," she wrote, adding that "so much evidence and research" shows that it does. She went on to share some links to articles addressing discrimination in the workplace.

For example, per the Chicago Tribune, research has shown that in teams which include both men and women, credit is more often given to male team member. Competent women are also frequently seen as unlikable, and female employees in male-dominated fields often receive harsher penalties for failures.

Many Twitter users responded positively to Gugliucci's introduction of the word, adding that they themselves have been "hepeated," and suggesting other related words like "guy-dea" and the comeback "That's what she said." Some men even chimed in to say they had witnessd it in their own places of work.

Some users also suggested a clever solution which was implemented by female staffers in Obama's White House. They called it "amplification," in which women would repeat each other's points while giving credit, to ensure they were heard, and that the men couldn't claim the ideas as their own.

"We just started doing it, and made a purpose of doing it. It was an everyday thing," an anonymous former aide told the Washington Post.

In fact, one user who suggested this method to "beat the hepeat" was Betsey Stevenson, a former member of the President's Council of Economic Advisers who served as Chief Economist of the Department of Labor.

Terms like "hepeat" and "mansplain" are more than just clever plays on words. As Gugliucci's viral tweet shows, they can also start important conversations which will hopefully lead to more awareness — not only for the women who experience it, but for the men who may not recognize their bias.

(H/T: Hello Giggles)

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