Okay, so, according to Time, the definition of manterrupting is "the unnecessary interrupting of a woman by a man". This is often hand-in-hand with the equally appreciated bropropriating, which is "taking a woman's idea and taking credit for it".
This has been in the news recently, with posts such as "The secret plague of women at work: 'manterrupting'" from The Guardian and "How to Deal with 'Manterrupting'" from Levo.
However, as much of an issue this is for adult women, it is also an issue for adolescent girls, such as myself. When my mom brought up manterrupting the other day, I was immediately surprised and slightly shocked that there was a word for this douche-y thing dudes do to us!
Speaking from personal experience, I have been manterrupted and bropropriated countless times, but before I heard that this was a widespread issue, I thought I just didn't speak loud enough or I was too short to be noticed or whatever. But never in my life would I have imagined that I would be interrupted and have my idea stolen and appropriated because I have a vagina.
An idea coming out of a woman's mouth should elicit the same response as the same idea coming out of a man's mouth, though the octave may be different.
To further my point about this issue, I asked some other teenage girls/young adults about their experiences with manterrupting and brosplaining. Here are their stories:
"I am a policy debater, which is a very intensely academic and assertion-focused activity. Only around 20% of the policy debate community is female. I once debated someone who [told me] (in cross-ex, a questioning period) to "stop talking because (he) didn't care about what (I) have to say," and then cut me off/talked over me for the rest of the cross-ex. He didn't do this to my male partner, and it really shook me up in terms of how I feel about the activity." -Celia Buckman
"So last year I was in an introductory computer science class at school, and at the end of the semester, we had to do a lab with partners. I ended up partnered with this guy who thought he was always right. He did know a lot, and he did do a considerable amount of work on the project in the beginning, but there came a point where we got stuck on something. I suggested that we do it one way, but he dismissed what I said and decided that we should do it his way.
(Through out this whole lab, he was eating pizza, chewing really loudly, and burping in my face, btw) We spent 2 hours trying to get it to work using his methods, with no luck. We asked a TA for help, and the TA essentially said that we should have been doing what I had suggested all along. By that point, it was too late to finish during lab hours, so we both agreed to work on the code on our own to try and figure it out. A few days later, I had gotten it to work, so I emailed my partner and asked if he had made any breakthroughs. He emailed me back saying he didn't even have the software to work on the lab, and that he hadn't touched it since we had last worked together. The next time we had lab, I showed up early, told my instructor that I had finished the lab on my own, and got the checkoff before my partner even arrived. He spent the whole lab asking "How did you do this?" and "How did you do that?" It was so satisfying. " -Emily
"In my school - like in many schools - we have Facebook groups for AP classes. On these Facebook groups, people are often afraid to ask questions (as they are in class, too) if they are confused about something we learned in class or something that will be on the test. When people do ask questions, therefore, - especially people who are easy targets like I am, due to my outspokenness in my daily life - said people sometimes get harassed and made fun of. My experiences on the AP Government page was the most significant. We were all sophomores and, for more of us, it was our first AP class. By senior year, some people get better and more mature, but at this time, people - 99% guys I'd say - bothered and belittled people who asked questions on the Facebook group. Girls usually didn't ask questions; it was mostly guys, and they didn't get as much crap. When I asked questions, people (again, basically just guys) would comment really stupid responses or say really rude stuff that quite frankly, I don't remember. I did go to my teacher about it, because it was actually impeding on my learning because it was deterring me from asking questions. But she simply said "just ignore them; they're teenage boys" or "they're high school students." I ended up blocking SO many people that I can't even remember the number. I did this so that they could no longer see my posts on the Group, which meant they couldn't respond with dismissive responses..." -Miranda Catsambas
On a personal note, there is this guy in one of my classes who literally stops me in the middle of my sentence to disagree with me. Like, did I ASK YOUR OPINION? Was I talking to YOU? Can I prove MY POINT? And the cherry on top of this is that he doesn't EVER interrupt other guys. Luckily, my teacher (also a dude, but perhaps a more enlightened one) realizes this and calls him on it. Hopefully, this will be get engrained into his cranium soon, because if he doesn't learn, he'll be THAT guy in college, graduate school, and in the office. No one likes that guy (aside from other douche-y guys who SOMEHOW manage to get ahead).
So, men (and women if you are serial interrupters), let people finish their thoughts. Interruptions are really damn annoying.