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There’s nothing more irksome than putting out an idea, getting a shrug in response, then that exact same idea is uttered by a man, claiming it as his own, and it is declared brilliant. If you’re a woman or non-binary, then you’ve most definitely experienced this at least once in your life. Hell, you might even go through it once a week, maybe even daily. And that’s just sad.

Welcome to the not-so-wonderful world of “hepeating.” The term, which you might not yet be familiar with, was coined by astronomer, professor and Twitter user Nicole Gugliucci, and some of her girlfriends. And it’s kind of genius.

Gugliucci clarified it by using it in a couple of sentences.

Right?! It’s totally happened to you — now you’re trying to recall just how many times.

Hepeating is a tad different than mansplaining, as that involves a man patronizingly explaining to a woman something she already knows. But hepeating is more of an epidemic in the workplace and home.

Soon after Gugliucci tweeted it to the masses — for which no man has yet to take credit, but it’s still early — countless women AND men chimed in with their thoughts. And you know when you feel that nothing bad you’ve experienced happens to anyone else, but once you find out it’s happened to others, it’s comforting and reassuring? Yeah, this is one of those cases.


Some also pointed out that it’s not just women who experience hepeating, but also people of colour, and suggested their own term with some savvy wordplay of their own.

Perhaps there’s a way for women to fight back when being hepeated…

But then, you know. MEN.

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