Are Men Talking Too Much? (Short Answer: Probably)

Your DGB for today is to fire up this website next time you’re in a meeting, watching tv, or at an event with male and female speakers and keep track of whose voices you hear.

Why do we need to measure such a thing? Because it’s still news to people.  Despite stereotypes, proverbs, and dad jokes that have been around since the Dark Ages, women AREN’T the ones dominating conversations in mixed gender groups. In fact, women are less likely to speak and more likely to be interrupted. Why does the myth persist? As with many things, the answer is, sexism. In “Our Feminized Society,” Sady Doyle says, “Men tend to perceive equality when women are vastly outnumbered and underrepresented; it follows that, as we approach actual parity, men… will increasingly believe that we are entering an era of female domination.” God forbid we should actually take up our fair share of time and space. 

Next time someone claims women are dominating the conversation, open up this handy web site and fact-check. We’ll bet there’s more manterruption and mansplaining than you can shake a stick at.



Excuse Me

Your DGB for today is to - “excuse me, but have you heard this new vinyl?”- I'm sorry, what? Where was I? Oh right, your DGB for today - “This IPA has the best hops, bruh.” - What is going on here? Your DGB for today is to - “I just wanted to make sure you heard about this new vegan place before you went on any further, their massaged kale, I just…” - DUDE, stop manterrupting me! Your DGB for today is to download the Woman Interrupted app and spread the word about manterrupting.

Manterruption is described as “a behavior when men interrupt women unnecessarily. It stops women from expressing themselves and has a deep impact on their studies, careers, and personal lives.” It is so prevalent in our society that men often don’t even realize that they’re doing it, and women are often seen as the rude ones for correcting them. The app was inspired by watching the presidential debates, where Donald Trump interrupted Hillary Clinton 51 times in one debate alone.

Today we are asking you to go to the Woman Interrupted website and watch the short video with clips of famous women being interrupted. How could anyone forget Kanye’s infamous line of “Imma let you finish, but…” Yeah, that was classic manterrupting, heightened to a Kanye level. After watching the video, explore some facts on their website (like men dominate 75% of conversations during conference calls) and then download the app. DGB used it for some research and discovered a certain spouse manterrupted ten times in a 15 minute conversation about this week's plans. Men can also download the app. You choose your gender and then do a series of voice recognition tests. So if you are a man, you can see if you are a chronic manterrupting offender and work on ways to improve yourself and amplify female voices. The website also has some really amazing artwork for you to share across social media and to help get the word out that “it happens more than we think. And it needs to stop.”