5 New Feminist Words To Add To Your Glossary

5 New Feminist Words To Add To Your Glossary

Despite all the bad things that happened, 2017 got street harassment the recognition it deserves. Yes, it does exist. And no, it is not the woman’s fault! Most of the women I know have been the victims of street harassment at some point in their life. While government, societies and people are trying to improve the situation, we know how much work remains to be done. Thus, in the meantime, why not get familiar with some old and new (not so) feminist words that we should all know!


1. Mansplaining
No one knows who invented the word. Rebecca Solnit, an American author, is the first one to ever describe that behavior. She wrote a whole essay about it in the New York Times, “Men who explain things“. The Oxford dictionary defines mansplaining as

a man explaining (something) to someone, typically a woman,
in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing.

For example, that influencer who, a few weeks ago, got in touch at work and explained me how to do my job. If he had had a look at our social media, he would have seen that I was already doing everything he had suggested. As a consequence, he did not get his collaboration!


2. Manspreading
A term that we are all quite familiar with. It first appeared in a New York City subway campaign. This is typically and most exclusively a male behavior and a Tumblr has even been created to showcase the best cases of manspreading. The Oxford dictionary defines manspreading as

“The practice whereby a man, especially one travelling on public transport,
adopts a sitting position with his legs wide apart,
in such a way as to encroach on an adjacent seat or seats.”

For example, that man that sits just right next to you in the tube and spread his leg, also sometimes his arms, forcing you to squeeze on the side, feeling entitled to any space around and not being considerate of his surroundings.


3. Manterrupting
No need to be a genius to see what is going on there. The word comes from the contraction of “man” and interrupting”. Yes, it is very very often used to describe a man. The term came to life back in 2015, used by Jessica Bennett, journalist at the Time, to describe Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift at the MTV awards. The Time describes it as

Unnecessary interruption of a woman by a man.”

For example, Trump interrupting Clinton for no reason during the electoral debate. Or a French female politician being interrupted way more often by the (male) journalists during a debate than her male counterparts.


4. Bropropriating
Here again, the word is rather transparent. Brother and appropriating giving birth to bropropriating. What makes it worse is that this attitude is not even always conscious. It is widely spread, especially at work. Social constructs make women gentle, calm, empathic, nice, passive so it is hard to stand for yourself sometimes. The Collins dictionary defines it as

A man taking credit for a woman’s idea.

For example, all these amazing women scientists, researches, doctors, engineers, musicians, painters, artists, singers and so many more who are not in history book so that men could be. A cool initiative in Grenoble, France, takes place every year on the 8th of March, gathering people to create and complete new and old wikipedia pages on women who were silenced by history.


5. Manslamming
This is a new one. The word was invented back in 2015 by New-York activist Beth Breslaw, after a real life experience: after trying to push away people on the pavement, she realized men were being oblivious to personal space of those around them and not trying to avoid her while women were. Manslamming is

The behavior that is, on a sidewalk, refusing to yield to a fellow pedestrian such that a collision inevitably ensues.

For examples, that man that jumps into you, almost makes you fall and then yells at you for not looking where you are going.


I think it is important for both men and women to be aware of these terms. Women so that they can put a name on what happens to them on a regular basis and can defend themselves. Men so that they can put a name on something they might do and make sure they don’t do it again.

Just to be clear, I am not generalizing here or saying that every single man is like that, no. Absolutely not. I am just giving you words to put on particular pehavior should you come across them.

Did you know these words already? Which one are new to you? Have you ever faced one of these as a situation?

Thanks for reading. I hope you liked this post.

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  1. February 15, 2018 / 1:17 pm

    These are definitely a new set of vocabulary for me. I think that I sometimes do a lot of mansplaining. Hopefully, people don’t find me annoying lol.

  2. February 15, 2018 / 5:09 pm

    I heard of mansplaining a few weeks ago, but most of the others are new to me! Interesting to see what terms are currently being used!

  3. February 15, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    Hi, I am feeling pretty old now as I have not heard of most of these words. Hey ho I have learnt something new today courtsey of you ๐Ÿ˜Š.

  4. February 15, 2018 / 5:20 pm

    Iโ€™ve never heard of those words before, they are pretty funny! Iโ€™m going to make an effort to add them to my vocabulary and bring them into everyday sentences and see if people notice. Thanks for sharing <3

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  5. February 15, 2018 / 5:25 pm

    I use man spreading and mansplaining all the time but this is my introduction to “Manslamming”! Perfect to know especially on the welllll trafficked streets on NYC! Thanks for this great post compiling all these terms – will definitely send it to dudes who ask, “huh? what’s Bropropriating?” ALSO cute outfit ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. February 15, 2018 / 5:27 pm

    ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’• I Love this! I feel like I encountered so much of this today with some of my male colleagues esp my boss! I do not hate men but a lot of the times they are annoying with this shit like we are incompetent. So Iโ€™m glad there are words to match my annoyance. Thanks girls! Soz not soz to the man reading this…more than 70% of the time your ego does result in this.

    xx Lena | https://lenadeexo.com

  7. February 15, 2018 / 7:25 pm

    I love it when men try to mansplain to me. I instinctively act as stupid as possible to make it incredibly obvious what an idiot they’re being.

  8. February 15, 2018 / 8:35 pm

    These are some strange words. I’m not sure if I’d ever use them, but they are catchy! You look fabulous in your outfit!

  9. February 15, 2018 / 9:09 pm

    I’ve encountered a lot of manslamming in Manhattan NYC! Now I’ll have a word for it!

  10. cassie s
    February 15, 2018 / 10:55 pm

    Okay these are amazing! Bropropriating has to be my favorite one. Definitely adding all of these to my dictionary. Also your outfit is amazing. I love your style!

  11. Anne Yedlin
    February 15, 2018 / 11:30 pm

    I have never heard such words before haha They sound a bit funny to me but the explanations sound accurate. I will definitely be listening out to hear someone say these!

  12. February 15, 2018 / 11:31 pm

    I knew some of these before, Most of them were new to me. I have one word that pretty much sums it all up: RUDE

    Where are these men’s mothers and why didn’t they learn proper manners?

  13. February 16, 2018 / 1:25 am

    I’ve encountered so many of these throughout the years. It’s all become like a norm for the men who keep doing all of these and it’s about time that we stood up and took our rightful place in the world.

  14. February 16, 2018 / 2:01 am

    Lol. I love mansplaining. I will definitely add these words to my vocab.

  15. February 16, 2018 / 7:15 am

    Iโ€™m no stranger to these and itโ€™s good that Iโ€™m able to now connect the action to the names. ๐Ÿ‘

  16. Kiwi
    February 16, 2018 / 2:29 pm

    I heard of two of them but some of them are a little extra. I actually laughed at Manslamming…sorry does stuff like that actually happen?

  17. February 16, 2018 / 6:54 pm

    These are new words to me. I am sure that many of these have happened to me when I was younger.

  18. February 17, 2018 / 12:13 am

    I knew about some of these, but not manslamming. I’m not sure if I would ever use these words on the regular, but now I know what they mean.

  19. Rosey
    February 17, 2018 / 10:26 am

    The manspreading made me laugh. I see that one all of the time! I don’t even think it’s intentional mostly. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. February 17, 2018 / 1:59 pm

    I’ve known manslamming quite a while now..
    but bropropriating is quite new to me.
    hhmmm…This post sounds a bit feminist?
    But these new words are true to the word!

  21. February 17, 2018 / 3:50 pm

    All good definitions of things that do happen. I must defend manspreading though – it’s not to take up space, it’s because sitting any other way can be very uncomfortable!

  22. February 17, 2018 / 8:32 pm

    These are definitely very interesting terms and I can see how they connect to the feminist cause. I think we still have a long way to go in this patriarchal society.

  23. February 17, 2018 / 10:05 pm

    I have to admit bar mansplaining these are all new words for me! I love there is one for a man who sits with his legs wide open haha!

  24. February 17, 2018 / 11:26 pm

    I have heard of a few of these terms before. I had not heard of the manspreading one though. I do feel like in some instances they make seats too narrow and so any encroachment into the next seat is considered bad form when it is just impossible to sit comfortably any other way. With the rest of them, I suppose I have seen equal amounts of things happen. Whether it was having men or women take credit for ideas that weren’t theirs, or by having both sexes not pay attention to what they were doing and bumping into me. (Especially with the onslaught of people paying more attention to their phones and social media than their surroundings.) I just am uncomfortable associating a gender to particular activity when I am sure there are plenty of things I do which people may not like and don’t want a whole classification of it spread around as an attempt at name calling and shaming. I think I would rather live by the golden rule. Treat others how I would want to be treated.

  25. February 17, 2018 / 11:43 pm

    I’ve never heard of any of these but I feel as if I should have. I love these, think I’ll start using some of them haha

  26. February 17, 2018 / 11:54 pm

    I now feel really old! Lol, I canโ€™t keep up with all these new slang words and phrases. Really interesting to learn their meaning though, canโ€™t say Iโ€™ve ever seen those words used but iโ€™ll Definitely recognise them more in future

  27. February 18, 2018 / 2:10 am

    These words are just as awesome as your outfit. I’d be happy to see these get added to a dictionary, it would be kind of funny…but I mean, the words are pretty useful! Thanks for sharing, I’ll add them to my glossary!

  28. February 18, 2018 / 4:23 am

    Interesting new words that I have learn today! Now that you mentioned, may be I should pay more attention and observe in the tube, restaurant or anywhere.

  29. hannah marie
    February 18, 2018 / 2:52 pm

    Haha those words are new to my ear. Anyways, I find manspreading the funniest one. I am one of those who gets annoyed at men sitting in such position.

  30. Hannah MArie
    February 18, 2018 / 2:54 pm

    I never heard of these words until now I read your blog. These are super cool words. Especially the bropropriating and manspreading- just sound funny to me.

  31. February 18, 2018 / 7:09 pm

    The only one I had heard of was mansplaining. While I do find these words and definitions funny in a tongue and cheek way I would try to not personally use them. I try to not use degrading others as a form of empowering myself. Not to sound holier than thou trust me, I have my own issues with men but they are more directed at specific men lol. I just TRY not to generalize although it is part of our human nature, mine included.

  32. February 18, 2018 / 8:04 pm

    I’ve heard about mansplaining and manspreading (it happens to me quite a lot on the train to work, so I make a point to spread out my bags over their legs oops) but I haven’t heard about the others! Thanks for sharing your knowledge, I’ll definitely add them to my vocab!

  33. February 18, 2018 / 8:04 pm

    This is such a different yet interesting post, I hate manspreading, nothing worse – ahahah! Ps I love your outfit too, that skirt is beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

    Kate | http://www.katelovesx.co.uk/

  34. February 18, 2018 / 8:06 pm

    These are all completely new terms to me and much more than just popping โ€œmanโ€ in front of common words. Manspreading is something Iโ€™ve experienced yet I didnโ€™t know it had a name.
    Zara xx

  35. February 18, 2018 / 8:07 pm

    Ohhh I love these words! Great post!!

  36. February 18, 2018 / 8:07 pm

    This is such an unique post. I honestly never heard about most of those words. It’s so interesting to know the meaning of them. Thank you for sharing this! x

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

  37. February 18, 2018 / 8:08 pm

    Mansplaining just makes me laugh – at the man. These are five of the most annoying ridiculous behaviors men can demonstrate. I’m glad I don’t come across it too often.

  38. February 18, 2018 / 8:11 pm

    This was such an interesting read! I’d heard of a couple of these words but had never heard of bropropriating before. Super interesting words to think about and consider!
    -Olivia Xxx


  39. February 18, 2018 / 8:30 pm

    I haven’t heard of any of these words before so I found this post a really interesting read! Very educational! Thanks for sharing!

  40. February 18, 2018 / 8:38 pm

    Never heard of these words before! But it’s unbelievably important that people become aware! This post deserves all the views!

  41. Lea
    February 18, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    Manspreading! Now I finally know the annoying position some man are sitting in! I do love all the words definitely gonna throw them into my next conversation wherever suited ;). xx

  42. February 18, 2018 / 10:00 pm

    Hah these are brilliant, I have scolded my boyfriend for manspreading before and he always makes excuses! These things happening gets so annoying and I’m glad they have these names to give them a bit more of a serious definition!
    Alice Xx

  43. Another Little Birdie
    February 18, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    This is quite interesting!! Iโ€™ve heard of a couple of these- but I think itโ€™s important to remember that not everyone is perfect and women (Iโ€™m a girl) can be just as annoying as men. Mansplaining is the worst though haha ๐Ÿ˜‚

  44. Ruth I
    February 18, 2018 / 10:51 pm

    I honestly wasn’t aware of these words. I find it interesting and I might use it often as I always experience these things. Manspreading is a little problem here.

  45. February 18, 2018 / 10:58 pm

    LOL! I have heard a few of these terms before. They do make sense actually. I like your post. LOL!

  46. Jessica T
    February 19, 2018 / 12:58 am

    Mansplaining is one I had to deal with often when I worked in a office. The others were definitely new to me.

  47. February 19, 2018 / 6:34 am

    These are interesting words, I haven’t encountered them yet so this is the first time I’ve heard/read about them. Thanks for sharing I’ll keep in mind what they mean. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  48. February 19, 2018 / 7:45 am

    I love how you incorporated a little backstory about each word. I read Solnits bundled essay book ”men explain things to me” and loved it!

  49. Annreeba
    February 19, 2018 / 9:06 am

    This is quite interesting. I have never heard these words before. I need to up-my glossary

  50. February 19, 2018 / 9:29 am

    New words to my glossary indeed as never heard of these particular ones. Though typical street behavior is a common phenomenon but words to describe these are different in each society.

  51. February 19, 2018 / 11:16 am

    Good new insights here. Just added up again to my vocab. Good post!

  52. February 19, 2018 / 12:32 pm

    These are some interesting terms. Not sure if id use them myself but if I ever hear them Iโ€™ll know what they mean lol

  53. February 19, 2018 / 1:00 pm

    Thank you for spreading the word! I’m sure that there are many people, both men and women who are unaware that such terms exist!

  54. February 19, 2018 / 2:43 pm

    I use the term manspreading all the time. How convenient for them on airplanes, at movie theaters etc… Not much fun for anyone else.

  55. February 19, 2018 / 3:00 pm

    I had never heard of these words before but I always like to learn new things. I’ve probably come across them in social situations before, now I have a name to put to those awkward moments!

  56. February 19, 2018 / 4:40 pm

    Bropropriating is a new one for me. Have heard the others quite frequently in conversations ๐Ÿ™‚

  57. February 19, 2018 / 5:05 pm

    Looks like you just have me 5 new words that I will be adding to my vocabulary. I’ve honestly never used (or even heard) of these until now and I am loving it.

  58. February 19, 2018 / 5:20 pm

    I knew a few of these words already but there are some new ones here! Loved this post though, and i think it’s so important that we continue to shine a light of these terms and the behaviours they describe!

    Rachel || https://wordofrachel.com

  59. February 19, 2018 / 5:47 pm

    Itโ€™s almost a bit of a shame that the use of these words have become so common, thanks to the way people act in society currently! Hopefully weโ€™ll see a change in near future! Loved the style of this post!


  60. February 19, 2018 / 6:35 pm

    Haha.. thats new and great! My fav has to be manterrupting. I cannot wait to use this one ๐Ÿ˜Š

  61. Elizabeth O
    February 19, 2018 / 7:54 pm

    I learned a lot from this post, I cant believe these actions even happen in society, it is sad. 5 new words I have now learned

  62. Autumn Murray
    February 19, 2018 / 9:06 pm

    Teach girl, teach! I knew all of the words except “bropropriating.”

  63. February 20, 2018 / 1:48 am

    Whiile I have had male family members mansplain things or manterrupt, I have never heard of manspread. I know these words are becoming more popular, but to be honest I am not entirely sure how I feel about putting the word “man” in front of things.

  64. February 20, 2018 / 3:31 am

    OMG @ broprorating! This has happened to me way more times than I can count. Love having terminology to explain my work frustrations – thanks!

  65. February 20, 2018 / 4:12 am

    You look amazing, love your outfit and the whole look. These are definitely a new set of words for me, good to know about them.

  66. Shubhada Bhide
    February 20, 2018 / 5:14 am

    These are some great vocabulary words for me. Thanks for sharing and good to know about this. Anyways, you are so gorgeous in your outfit and I really like your top. It looks so chic.

  67. Angela Ricardo Bethea
    February 20, 2018 / 1:39 pm

    Thanks for sharing those vocabulary words. and you look gorgeous in your outfit and your top looks so stylish.

  68. February 20, 2018 / 7:15 pm

    I can’t believe most of these are words! I knew about manspreading but dayum! Love this post and you look gorgeous!xx

  69. February 20, 2018 / 7:20 pm

    it is very important to stay feminist. great post.

    P.S. I absolutely love your outfit here as well

  70. February 20, 2018 / 7:25 pm

    I’ve heard of these words and I use them sometimes! And I love your outfit, the shoes are cute!
    Ellie | elliekblog.blogspot.co.uk

  71. February 20, 2018 / 7:31 pm

    Such an interesting and different post to read! ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

  72. February 20, 2018 / 7:43 pm

    This post is amaaazig!! I am gonna add so many of these to my everyday life!!

  73. February 20, 2018 / 7:53 pm

    I have never heard of any of these words so very glad I have read your post so I donโ€™t appear stupid if I come accords them in the future!! Great post and fabulous pictures too ๐Ÿ˜ƒ thanks for sharing.

    Melanie | http://www.frasersfunhouse.com

  74. February 21, 2018 / 8:41 am

    Hello, this words are very difficult for me to say as my english is not my motherlanguage. I love your outfit! Have a great day!

  75. February 21, 2018 / 9:10 am

    I learned something new today! Some of these words I had heard before without being familiar with their meaning. I think that (sadly) women often encounter these unpleasant and uncivil behaviour patterns from men. Thank you for raising awareness about this issue!

  76. February 21, 2018 / 6:44 pm

    Great post. I definitely learned some new vocabulary from. It is sad that word like these have to be established in the society we live in.

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