Manterrupting is the act of unnecessary interruption of a woman by a man. Or talk blocking is you prefer the neutral term, or the associated phenomenon of “bropropriating”, taking a woman’s idea and taking credit for it. The most widely witnessed manterruption was back in 2009 at the VMA’s when Taylor Swift so deservingly was called up for best female video. Kanye pounced upon Taylor swift and her microphone, declaring that “I’m gonna let you finish”, but microphone in hand, he launched into a speech about how Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time!
It provided great entertainment, kind of, as there was a lot of booing and it rung in the ears of women around the globe. I discuss the reality, the research and the possible interventions and tactics that can be used to prevent or limit the manterruptors.