Introducing the ‘manscuse’ – a new blight for women

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'The phrases “mansplaining”, “manspreading” and “manterruption” all highlight men’s problematic behaviour towards women. These new terms describe institutionalised sexism in action: men patronisingly explaining my own work to me, or taking up personal space on the Underground, or interrupting my talk. By naming the behaviour, we can readily identify with it and call it out.

In most cases, manscuses are peddled out to minimise the abuse he inflicted and render her trauma invisible. She’s told: he didn’t mean it, it was in the heat of the moment, it was just a slap, he saw red mist, he was jealous, he’s a good person really, he has mental health problems, he was abused as a child, he’s been really stressed at work. But do you know what? A man or woman can be all of these things and surprisingly very many don’t feel compelled to rape, sexually assault, abuse or control another person. Reducing male violence to an “excuse” means that the perpetrator’s behaviour is normalised and they are rarely held accountable for their choice to abuse.'

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